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Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Going Mobile*....

Let's talk about mobile search -- search for your cell phone or PDA. I wonder how the i-phone (which I am already lusting after) will affect this burgeoning industry... it looks like Apple is reformatting the web for the handheld without using special mobile applications. The point of these others linked below is to provide a small, pda-sized view, emphasizing the most in-demand and useful information.

Vivisimo just announced a mobile version of Clusty....
MSN mobile launches a new and improved version...

Some other examples of mobile search...
Yahoo OneSearch
Google Mobile
Ask Mobile
AOL Mobile
4Info Mobile
UpSnap Mobile Metasearch
411Sync: Customize
Mobiseer: Tag
Mobitopia: Share

And for the library lover... Library Thing mobile, Ball State Library mobile., and here's a scaled down catalog. Check out our library or any other site for that matter on your internet-capable pda or cellphone with Skweezer. The idea is to bring what is considered most relevant to a mobile user to the top of the vertical scroll, like contact information, search boxes or hours of operation. Megan Fox discusses how academic libraries are using handheld technologies here.

*the rest of the lyrics


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