If you’ve read this blog for any amount of time, you probably know I’m a huge fan of the online feed aggregator Bloglines, and especially Bloglines Mobile (note the new m.bloglines.com URL, shorter than the old bloglines.com/mobile), which I use many times a day on my phone to keep up with my feed subscriptions.
One problem with Bloglines Mobile (common to mobile web browsing in general) has been that if you click on a post or a link in a post that goes to another web page, it’s not displayed in a “mobile friendly” way, and you’re left at the mercy of how well your mobile web browser can reformat the page. Or not.
I’ve been bending the ear of the folks at Bloglines for a while now, both on this blog, and when I’ve run into them in person at conferences, to take advantage of a mobile web “reformating” service like Google Mobile Page Translator or Skweezer to make outbound links from Bloglines Mobile readable on the small screen.
Puttin’ the Skweeze on Bloglines Mobile
For those of us who rely on and love Bloglines Mobile while on the go, here’s another reason to dig it. Bloglines has now integrated Skweezer technology to optimize web pages for your personal handheld mobile device’s viewing pleasure.
When you click on a link while reading a blog post in Bloglines Mobile, Skweezer will compress and reformat the content so you get it faster and better looking on your small screen. As you surf, the content will continue to be skweezed. Hints & bonus features:
- Click on the “Hide Images” link at the bottom of the page and skweezed content will load even faster.
- At the bottom of the skweezed page, you’ll find links back to the feed you were reading and a link back to your feed list.
- If you run across any pages that are not in your native tongue, Skweezer will translate to more than a dozen languages.
So if you’ve been wary of venturing beyond your Bloglines Mobile on your fancy new Blackberry (or Treo or other smartphone), free yourself from those inhibitions and click away!
I haven’t even tried it out yet, but I’ve used it for a while, and it’s awesome. I’m super excited about this news. A big thanks to the folks at Bloglines for listening and paying attention to what people are asking for, and then making it happen. I’m now more in love with Bloglines than I was before.
Update: Steve Rubel points out that there’s also a new Skweezer-ified Bloglines Mobile Search available now, that combines Bloglines’ awesome mobile blog search and Skweezer’s page formatting for mobile devices. Nice!
Here’s a shot of Steve’s blog – notice the links at the bottom to go back to my Bloglines feeds:
And here’s a shot of the new Bloglines Mobile Search with Skweezer: