September 17th, 2008
“Use on mobile phones and sites you use to keep up to date and others in the loop.”
And I thought the llama suggestion was going to be tough to write? Â What the heck does this suggestion actually mean? Â It isn’t like I was able to ask who suggested it, because it was suggested anonymously. Â What’s worse is that it was voted for 3 times!
I’ll do my best. I’m going to separate this suggestion into two posts. This first one is called “Web applications that I use on my iPhone”. The second will be called “Web applications and sites I use to stay in the loop”. How is that? Good? Good.
I have over 4Gb free on my 8Gb iPhone 2G. So I don’t install a lot of applications, store a lot of music or photos on my phone. Surely I must use a large number of Web applications or sites to get things done on my iPhone? Well, not really.
I have tried a lot of different Web applications on my iPhone. Â I always like to see what sticks. Â But for me, these are my most frequented URLs on the go.
Brightkite – As I’ve written about so many times in the past, Brightkite is quickly becoming my favorite social network to update while I’m mobile. Â It automatically updates Twitter for me, which was what I used to update, so it is a two-fer. Â The granular preferences and notification features are gold.
Hahlo – Since there are still a number of people that I follow on Twitter that have yet to make the jump to Brightkite, though I believe they will at some point in the future, I still have to “check” Twitter from time to time. Â And, to be honest, that is where most of the conversation is anyway. Â When I asked for help via Brightkite, and it updates Twitter, the number of answers I get via Twitter is much higher than on Brightkite.
This isn’t to say that Hahlo isn’t probably the best iPhone Web application I’ve ever used. Â It is certainly the best Twitter Web application built for the iPhone. In fact, from the remarks I’ve read and discussed with others, it still beats the native applications without beating a sweat.
Flickr mobile – A site most definitely not built for the iPhone experience, but it works, and I don’t know any alternative. Â I’ve tried ExposureÂ and, while I admire the skill of Frasier Spiers, I do not think Exposure is the right approach to a native iPhone Flickr application. Â For quick updates, m.flickr.com works for now.
Google Reader – Every now and then I will read a few posts on the Google Reader iPhone interface. Â I don’t do this very often, but it is on my home screen and so it is getting a mention here.
Wait, that’s it? Â As far as Web applications is concerned, that is it. Â That is all I use frequently.
What web applications do you use on your iPhone?