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Taptu, google for mobile search?

Taptu, google for mobile search?

Taptu, a specialized search engine for mobile phones is an interesting idea that actually makes sense.  As many iPhone users will know, browsing the web with Safari is not always the most pleasant experience with having to zoom in and using cumbersome form controls.   Unless you know which sites are designed for mobile phones, quite often you’ll spend as little time as possible on a site to just obtain that particular piece of information you came for.

This is where Taptu comes in, they have created a special search engine for finding sites made for mobile phones.  Take a look at the screen shots below to see how it works.

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As the pictures show, Taptu has a pretty sleek interface for finding sites.  After using it for a while, the first thing you realize is a lot of sites are not in the index.  I’m not particularly sure how the indexing works or how active it is, but it didn’t pick up mobileradius even though our site has been optimized for mobile viewing with the wptouch plugin.
[Update:  Submit your sites to taptu’s index http://taptu.com/a/submit ]

Take a look at how wptouch can turn a wordpress site into a mobile site with one button:

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Perhaps Taptu takes a while to index, but at the moment it feels more like a mini version of Yahoo‘s portal home page in mobile view.  You get access to a lot of popular sites but it feels like… well a portal.  It’s likely it will take another few years before most sites cater to mobile viewing, so it’s hard to say how fast Taptu will take off.

Either way, I think Taptu is a move in the right direction and a taste of things to come.  As we move towards more compact screens, and multiple views of the same data, the new trend for technology developments is going to be streamlining this for content producers.  I would recommend trying out Taptu, it’s free and a fun app to use.

Click here to get the app.

5 Responses to “Taptu, google for mobile search?”

  1. Jason Harris says:

    Hi! I’m Jason, Community Manager for Taptu. thanks for the mention – you make some good points, and I’ll make sure they make it to the appropriate team here at Taptu.

    I hope you have a great day! Thanks again for the feedback.

    Jason Harris

  2. Paul M says:

    please do submit your site if you have a mobile-optimised version, we’d love to hear from you:
    http://taptu.com/a/submit

  3. Jason Harris says:

    Hi There!

    Just wanted you to know we worked at getting your site added to the Taptu Mobile index – so Mobile Radius is now searchable in Taptu.

    Happy Searching!

    The Taptu Team

    -Jason Harris, Taptu Community Manager

  4. andreliem says:

    Thanks, that’s quick response time!

    I should have looked around longer for the submission page, I’ll add it to the article.

  5. very nice post dude! great website… will be back soon!

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