I came across this interesting article on Forbes.com, which also includes a short video (below) of Mark Zuckerberg answering a question from the audience and basically saying that the iPad is not mobile.
The question was about whether Facebook would build an iPad app, which at the time of the question (November 2010) it didn’t exist. The author argues that Facebook’s lack of a mobile story should terrify investors, especially now that Facebook is a public company.
There are many ways of interpreting what Mark said and what he really meant by it, was he kidding about it, was it his way of dissing Apple or did he actually believe the iPad was just like a PC and not really a mobile device, and thus serving iPad Facebook users the same desktop version of Facebook.com would suffice?
In my opinion, I think Mark and many people for that matter, believe that with the beautiful Retina display of the new iPad, the size factor and the millions or pixels it now sports, they don’t really need to worry about creating content that adapts to the iPad and other Tablets.
This is where I disagree.
I strongly believe the iPad is a mobile device and all of us who publish content online should spend some time optimizing our content not only for smartphones, but also for Tablets accordingly and differently from what we offer our desktop readers. This is one of the reasons why I’m a big fan of Responsive Web Design because it allows us to create content once that intelligently adapts to various screen sizes and devices.
Please watch the video and chime in on whether you agree or not in that the iPad is mobile via the poll below:
You hear that? About an iPad, ”it’s not mobile… it’s a computer.” So that would suggest an iPad is merely an extension of the desktop PC website. Ok.Loading ...