View any site on a cell phone

One thing that is a pain is on many phones looking at a full Web page is painful. MSN has a neat little search feature that lets you look at a Web site reformatted specifically for viewing on a phone. Just go to MSN Mobile Search, put in the site’s URL that you want to visit, and click “mobile” next to the result.

For instance, TechCrunch really sucks on many phones (you have to scroll to see the content and the page takes a long time to load up). Sorry Mike, but it’s true.

Looking at TechCrunch this way makes it a lot nicer on a cell phone (although TechCrunch could help even more by moving its content DIV on top of its navigation DIV).


Climbing the RSS Summit

Another RSS conference has sprung up and I’m speaking at it: The RSS Summit at Hyatt Regency Cambridge in Cambridge, MA.

The marketers are still trying to figure out why RSS took off and how they should react. They see that even major news sites like the BBC are getting into RSS (nice new site, by the way) and that Microsoft this year will release a browser with RSS built in and they know something is up, but don’t know why, or how.

The geeks who invented this stuff probably will find these conferences not worthy, but that’s OK. RSS is crossing the chasm and now different kinds of conferences are needed.

I am gonna yell at their marketing team, though. That site is particularly lame. No RSS. No blog.

If you’re doing a conference you NEED an RSS feed and a blog. At minimum. Check out the Mix06 site, for instance.