Going Mobile

We’re slowly discovering what Recordnet.com’s slight redesign entails. We’ll have more about it tomorrow, but if you’re really jonesing for a breakdown the Online blog on Recordnet recaps some of the changes, complete with a side-by-side comparison and promises that the site will be easier to navigate. While that’s not setting the bar very high, we’re still skeptical.

One thing we did notice about the change was that the new dropdown menus don’t translate to mobile browsers very well. We do a fair share of mobile web browsing for those times when a computer isn’t readily available (i.e. Long lines at the supermarket), and the new menus tend to extend down and cut off the top parts of stories and blogs. It’s pretty annoying.

But for once, the Record thought of that! Yes, in a rare instance in which the Record considered the consequences of their actions before acting them out, sometime late last week the Record rolled out a mobile version of their site.

We just found out about this yesterday but so far it seems fairly decent. Sure, some sections are empty (like myRecord), but it’s still fairly new so we’ll give them time to work the kinks out. They appear to have just started adding stories yesterday so it’s still in its infancy. We’re still shocked that the Record would do something this tech savvy. It’s a step in the right direction and frankly we’re flabbergasted. Young people might actually visit the Record’s website now!

Although we do have to point out that it’s kind of funny that the Record’s website seems to be moving in the right direction towards establishing a younger readership base while the print edition seems to be heading in the opposite direction.

Now can we work on getting a mobile version of the Recordnet blogs?

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~ by Slick Diaz on February 12, 2009.

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