I’ve noticed on Facebook that if someone shares a link using Yahoo’s Facebook app, I can’t just follow the link. They seem to expect me to install that app just to follow the link!
Case in point: Here’s a screenshot of a link that one of my Facebook friends shared, which I tried to click on:
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When I tried to click that link, here’s what I got:
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No, I don’t want to install that stupid app. But this request gave me no option to just follow the link — neither in this window, or when I hit “cancel.”
It’s been a very busy month and a half for me. I spent a week in Los Angeles as a featured presenter for the Mobile News Week at the journalism school there, and now I’m finishing preparations to travel to two other journalism schools next week for the Knight Digital Media Center’s Mobile Symposium. So I haven’t been letting Contentious.com readers know what I’ve been writing elsewhere.
But I’ve been logging a lot of cool mobile stuff for CNN.com Tech. So here’s a quick list of what I’ve been covering there…
Say what you will about Yahoo, but I’ve always liked that they’ve generally realized the value of reaching out to feature phone users — who, according to ComScore’s latest numbers, still comprise three quarters of the current US mobile market.
For instance, Yahoo apparently has deals with many wireless carriers to have its mobile offerings listed in the default menu options for feature phone web browsers. This generates a lot of traffic to Yahoo News — and in turn, to lots of news sites.
Now they’re cooking up something else that should interest news and content publishers who are considering their mobile strategy.Â Today on the Knight Digital Media Center site, I wrote:
Yahoo to launch personalized mobile content platform
The bottom line for news orgs:
Feature phone users are especially likely to desire content personalization, given the difficulty of navigating and searching web sites from those devices. If this Yahoo platform makes that easier for consumers, and if Yahoo offers some fair revenue opportunities for news publishers, then a platform like this might be a useful complement to a news organizationâ€™s own direct mobile offerings.
Last July, as I was preparing to ditch my iPhone for an Android phone, I complained on my CNN Tech mobile blog about how hard it was to find Android apps without an Android phone. There were some workarounds and third-party directories, but still it was much harder than it needed to be.
Why does this issue matter? Prospective Android users (especially people contemplating switching from another platform, like iPhone or BlackBerry) often want to know which apps are available on Android before they commit to that switch.
Today, Google finally corrected this oversight…
Earlier I wrote about how I thought it was a mistake for News Corp to invest so lavishly in The Daily, the first-ever iPad-only newspaper.
This morning, as I listened to the streaming audio of Rupert Murdoch’s official unveiling of this publication, I saw a headline that made me think Murdoch — and any content publisher or retailer — should be especially wary about depending too heavily for revenue delivered via iPhone or iPad apps. It was:Â Apple blocks Sony e-book app. Is Kindle next?
In a nutshell, Apple recently rejected Sony’s new e-reader app from its app store because it jumped users out of the app and into the browser to buy new e-books. This strategy skirts Apple’s considerable 30% cut of all in-app purchases, and it’s how Amazon has handled e-book sales for its popular Kindle iPhone and iPad apps since the beginning.
I did some research this, and it looks like Apple is sending some potentially destructive messages to the iOS app ecosystem they’ve worked so hard to create. So I wrote about this today in my CNN Tech mobile blog…
Often I’m skeptical of apps that mainly repackage content. However, in my CNN Tech mobile blog post today, I explain why I Â I think vehicle owner manual apps make a lot of sense.
Hell, I’d love one for my bike!
See:Â Vehicle owner’s manuals — now on smartphones
My latest CNN Tech mobile blog post covers why a barcode scanning approach to mobile payments would probably be easier for consumers and retailers to adopt quickly — compared to the near field communications (NFC)-based ISIS approachbeing tried by the wireless carriers’ coalition.
Full story:Â Why Starbucks’ mobile-payment system might work – CNN.com.