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.
Here’s what ComScore says about this: “While 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.”
What’s this mean? More of our us are carrying the internet around in our pockets, bags, and hands. We’re in front of small screens more often than we are in front of a desktop computer, which makes sense.
It also 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, and have access to a small screen more often, than desktop or laptop computers.
For many things, it’s simply more convenient to pick up a smartphone to quickly check something. Not always the most optimal – but it is generally more convenient.
So – how’s your website’s mobile experience? Not too hot? If not, then … it’s time to start working on it!
Photo of my iPhone taken by me