Recently, Hubpages has been focusing on mobile browsing, but people are gravitating toward using apps. People spend more time within specific apps than mobile internet browsing. I would like to know how HubPages is preparing for this widespread change in human behavior. I have suggested in the past that HP get into the app development business using the content that is already here. These would be topic related apps. For example, a reptile guide app could have all the information you need to take care of reptiles using the hubs that have been created here on HP. Here's a source to check out: [snipped]
That's an interesting point. I don't have the stats in front of me, but time spent in app is dominated by a few really large apps.
There are real challenges for supporting apps across all the different platforms. We are likely to concentrate on mobile web for the foreseeable future given the size of that opportunity.
To me, the challenge is envisioning a hub made on mobile. How do we make it easy to create something rich when it's not natural to type 800 words? Touching, small screens. It's so different - I'm writing this on my phone:)
Thanks for responding Paul! I agree with you. I would much rather create hubs on a desktop, than try to use a mobile device (even a tablet). It really is amazing how much of my traffic has switched to mobile. As people use apps more instead of browsing, organic searches may decrease overall. But you are right that people will only use large/useful apps most of their time. I'm thinking FB, Youtube, games, Pinterest eat up a huge chunk of time out of most people's mobile device time spent, and Hubpages isn't really directly in competition with those. I would just hate to see HP miss an opportunity to create an app/apps that people would love to use on mobile devices.
I wouldn't write one on a mobile device, but I sure would read one there...
I do almost everything on an iPad now, and I can even build Hubs almost as easily as on a desktop. Not that I am, because I don't find the ROI worth it at present, but I could if the I felt the situation warranted it.
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