Bei Cellular stiess ich auf einen Beitrag, in dem verschiedene Manager sich zu Mobile 2.0 äussern. Habe die m.E. nach wichtigsten Textpassagen mal hierher kopiert.
„We’re really at mobile Web 0.5, to be completely honest,“ said Sumit Agarwal, product manager of the mobile division at Google in Mountain View, Calif. Neil Edwards, chief executive of dotMobi in Dublin, Ireland, agrees. „It’s really still wireless Web 0.5,“ he said. „Most people would say the mobile Web is still in its infancy.“
Why? Because for years, slow connections and small mobile phone screens have made the wireless Web hard to reach or browse.
Wireless users often take the easier route — sending text messages or photos and downloading ring tones.
They still don’t access wireless Internet services much.
New media Web 2.0 applications, such as viral video, will take off in wireless, says Google’s Agarwal. „The real thing about Web 2.0 is people introducing applications to each other,“ he said. „True viral applications, something sent from one person to another, will absolutely be a big part of mobile.“
Simply put, interest in Web 2.0 applications skews toward young mobile phone users, says Charles Golvin, an analyst at Forrester Research. Based on surveys, only 2%-3% of all mobile phone users are interested in social networking, podcasting, RSS feeds and user-generated content, he says.
Many small businesses are designing scaled-down Web sites to attract potential customers. That’s where dotMobi comes in. The startup is backed by cell phone maker Nokia NOK, Vodafone Group VOD, Microsoft MSFT and Google.
DotMobi sells domain names — Web addresses for mobile devices — and software tools.
The company hopes dot-mobi becomes the de facto domain for mobile sites, much like dot-com is for the regular Internet.
More than 500,000 mobile Web addresses have been registered with dotMobi, says Edwards.
Addresses can be resold.
One, flowers.mobi, resold for $200,000.