Thank you Dave Winer: now I can read TechCrunch on my cell phone!

I was having breakfast with Guy Kawasaki when Dave Winer called. I hit ignore cause it’s rude to talk on the phone when you’re having breakfast. Anyway, when the breakfast was done I listened to the voice mail where Dave told me about a little experiment of his http://techcrunch.scripting.com (try it on your mobile phone, compare to the original TechCrunch).

Now, a little bit about that first. A few days ago I was complaining to Dave about various bloggers who make their blogs impossible to read on cell phones. TechCrunch was one of the worst. It takes two minutes to load and even then it isn’t really usable due to having to scroll around the navigation stuff.

So, what did Dave do? He said that he could give me a server-side-RSS version.

This rocks. Rocks. Rocks. Now I can read TechCrunch while walking around tonight’s TechCrunch party.

I hope Dave wraps up this server-side aggregator and gets every blogger to implement it so I can read every blog on my phone.

Thanks Dave for scratching my itch.

81 thoughts on “Thank you Dave Winer: now I can read TechCrunch on my cell phone!

  1. I thought thats why we have RSS? Why do you need to got to techcrunch.com to read it. Why not subscribe to its RSS feed in your mobile phone’s RSS reader. Surely it much have one.

  2. I thought thats why we have RSS? Why do you need to got to techcrunch.com to read it. Why not subscribe to its RSS feed in your mobile phone’s RSS reader. Surely it much have one.

  3. I thought thats why we have RSS? Why do you need to got to techcrunch.com to read it. Why not subscribe to its RSS feed in your mobile phone’s RSS reader. Surely it much have one.

  4. Brandon: good point. But, why do cool people invite me to breakfast? Cause they know I’ll drop their names. It’s sorta like PayPerPost except breakfastperpost! :-)

  5. Brandon: good point. But, why do cool people invite me to breakfast? Cause they know I’ll drop their names. It’s sorta like PayPerPost except breakfastperpost! :-)

  6. Brandon: good point. But, why do cool people invite me to breakfast? Cause they know I’ll drop their names. It’s sorta like PayPerPost except breakfastperpost! :-)

  7. does anybody else get tired of robert’s name dropping? tell me how guy kawasaki helped stregthen the main idea of this post? yeah, robert, we know you are graced with internet celebreties. you’ve got readership, you’ve already won us over and we’ve subscribed because we think you’re relevant. but the more someone advertises their own importance, the quicker they loose it. the slope is slippery.

  8. does anybody else get tired of robert’s name dropping? tell me how guy kawasaki helped stregthen the main idea of this post? yeah, robert, we know you are graced with internet celebreties. you’ve got readership, you’ve already won us over and we’ve subscribed because we think you’re relevant. but the more someone advertises their own importance, the quicker they loose it. the slope is slippery.

  9. does anybody else get tired of robert’s name dropping? tell me how guy kawasaki helped stregthen the main idea of this post? yeah, robert, we know you are graced with internet celebreties. you’ve got readership, you’ve already won us over and we’ve subscribed because we think you’re relevant. but the more someone advertises their own importance, the quicker they loose it. the slope is slippery.

  10. Hi Robert,

    Micro Persuasion just linked to xfruits.com, a Mashup RSS creation service with a RSS to Mobile feature.

    What I liked:

    - Easy to sign up.

    - Forgot to add my exact RSS feed URL (just the .com domain) when testing out the mobile feed, but the service found it anyway. It looks like it was able to phrase the page and find the correct rss address.

    - Presents the different features of the site into easy to understand boxes on the homepage. Makes it
    easy for users to understand what each feature is about.

    What I would add:

    - A feature to email or text message the url to a mobile phone. The url is a little long for people that would have to T9 the address.

  11. Hi Robert,

    Micro Persuasion just linked to xfruits.com, a Mashup RSS creation service with a RSS to Mobile feature.

    What I liked:

    - Easy to sign up.

    - Forgot to add my exact RSS feed URL (just the .com domain) when testing out the mobile feed, but the service found it anyway. It looks like it was able to phrase the page and find the correct rss address.

    - Presents the different features of the site into easy to understand boxes on the homepage. Makes it
    easy for users to understand what each feature is about.

    What I would add:

    - A feature to email or text message the url to a mobile phone. The url is a little long for people that would have to T9 the address.

  12. Hi Robert,

    Micro Persuasion just linked to xfruits.com, a Mashup RSS creation service with a RSS to Mobile feature.

    What I liked:

    - Easy to sign up.

    - Forgot to add my exact RSS feed URL (just the .com domain) when testing out the mobile feed, but the service found it anyway. It looks like it was able to phrase the page and find the correct rss address.

    - Presents the different features of the site into easy to understand boxes on the homepage. Makes it
    easy for users to understand what each feature is about.

    What I would add:

    - A feature to email or text message the url to a mobile phone. The url is a little long for people that would have to T9 the address.

  13. Surprised no one has mentioned that Newsgator has a very phone-friendly version of their newsreader. Yet another reason to love Newsgator – all your RSS feeds, complete with read/unread status, synced across a web client, a mobile-optimized web client, an Outlook client, and full Windows (FeedReader) and Mac (NewsGator) clients. Yummy!

    I’ve been using it since I got a RAZR & loaded Opera Mini last fall (though it works fine with lamer default phone browsers as well) for fairly heavy blog surfing.

    But I get sad when I visit another blog site linked from it; then I have to put up with blogs that aren’t very usable on a phone browser as Scoble originally complained. I agree: if I can’t read your post easily on my phone, I will probably just shrug and hit the back button.

  14. Surprised no one has mentioned that Newsgator has a very phone-friendly version of their newsreader. Yet another reason to love Newsgator – all your RSS feeds, complete with read/unread status, synced across a web client, a mobile-optimized web client, an Outlook client, and full Windows (FeedReader) and Mac (NewsGator) clients. Yummy!

    I’ve been using it since I got a RAZR & loaded Opera Mini last fall (though it works fine with lamer default phone browsers as well) for fairly heavy blog surfing.

    But I get sad when I visit another blog site linked from it; then I have to put up with blogs that aren’t very usable on a phone browser as Scoble originally complained. I agree: if I can’t read your post easily on my phone, I will probably just shrug and hit the back button.

  15. Surprised no one has mentioned that Newsgator has a very phone-friendly version of their newsreader. Yet another reason to love Newsgator – all your RSS feeds, complete with read/unread status, synced across a web client, a mobile-optimized web client, an Outlook client, and full Windows (FeedReader) and Mac (NewsGator) clients. Yummy!

    I’ve been using it since I got a RAZR & loaded Opera Mini last fall (though it works fine with lamer default phone browsers as well) for fairly heavy blog surfing.

    But I get sad when I visit another blog site linked from it; then I have to put up with blogs that aren’t very usable on a phone browser as Scoble originally complained. I agree: if I can’t read your post easily on my phone, I will probably just shrug and hit the back button.

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