I’m still at Computers in Libraries 2015 – great conference as usual!
I also just saw this from Gary Price on InfoDocket, and thought it was worth sharing.
In the US, the number of mobile-only internet users now exceeds the number of desktop-only internet users.
Hereâ€™s what ComScore says about this: â€œWhile the share of mobile-only users has climbed over the past year to 11.3 percent, the desktop-only population has drastically declined to just 10.6 percent. Of course these numbers also tell us that the vast majority of the digital population (78 percent) is multi-platform and goes online using both desktop and mobile platforms.â€
Whatâ€™s this mean? More of our usÂ are carrying the internet around in our pockets, bags, and hands. Weâ€™re in front of small screens more often than we are in front of a desktop computer, which makes sense.
It alsoÂ means that we need to make absolutely certain that our library and organization websites work on mobile devices. Having a great mobile-friendly website is more important than having it work fine on a desktop computer. Why? Because our customers are in front of the small screen more often, andÂ have access to a small screen more often, thanÂ desktop or laptop computers.
For many things, itâ€™s simply more convenient to pick up a smartphone toÂ quickly check something. Not always the most optimal – but it is generally more convenient.
So – howâ€™s your websiteâ€™s mobile experience? Not too hot? If not, then … it’s time to start working on it!
Photo of my iPhone taken by me