Fresh from the oven:
Starting today, local businesses will be able to offer you deals when you check in to their place on Facebook. Deals will be rolling out over the next few days and will only be available in the United States at this time.
We launched Places to let you share where you are with your friends and see who’s nearby. Now with Deals, you also can see what offers are nearby and share those deals with your friends.
[via Facebook blog]
Mobile websites are increasingly becoming a necessary complement to any website, if not a project in itself.
Just think about how many of your target audiences have any sort of smartphone, how long do they have it with them, and what they do with it.
So… although not yet sliced bread, there is a lot of development in easing things:
Smashing just release a nice wrap-up about the general aspects you’ll need to consider. Take it as a roadmap and consider it on your planning. Nowadays I ask the question -if not offer it all along- about wether the site will be iPhone or iPad ready.
If you happen to use a framework like Joomla, there are developments like T3 that provide a lot of things already done for you, and you just have to concentrate on your particular styling, if at all. See for example.
Surely there are many other great tools, frameworks and approaches. Like for example what Opera does with its mini-browser: a proxy that “mobilizes” the website…. why isn’t Google into this??? Right from the search results as they do know from where you are browsing.
Anyway, good luck with your endeavors, we’ll all need it!
Interesting article about those in startups. By knowing the harsh realities that lie ahead, you can be prepared when they come about so you can solider on. Here are some of the harsh realities that come with the territory of being an entrepreneur.
“Social media, if it’s not already obvious to everyone, is going to continue to change everything — including publishing. And it’s a no-brainer to me that content consumption is going to be intimately if not inextricably linked with your social graph. Combine Flipboard or whatever comes along and improves upon it with the real innovation in recommendation technology that we’ll almost undoubtedly see in the next few years, and I can’t see how the 20th Century concept of a magazine can survive, even if it does look great on a tablet.”