Several years ago I was looking to consolidate from carrying both a cell phone and a pocket pc as there was a new breed of cell phones being called “converged” devices that I really was interested in. The first that really caught my eye was the AT&T 8125. I really liked the device and I read what I thought was half the internet looking for more information on how to maximize the performance of the device. At that time, the majority of the websites basically reported about tweaks and third party software for a variety of devices, and not just one specifically. That was fine and I continued on until I finally came to the AT&T Tilt. I really liked that device. But I had grown frustrated that there wasn’t a website dedicated to just the AT&T Tilt or HTC TyTN II that I could get all my information from and network with other 8925 Tilt and TyTN II owners. So since I had been blogging for a while on MobilitySite.com, I asked Chris Leckness if he would start up a new website called TiltSite.com which we did. It went really well but towards the end of the Tilt’s life cycle I was already looking to do something else. TiltSite was really outside of what Chris wanted to do so I went off and started Tilt Mobility and was looking towards future devices. Tilt Mobility as I mentioned was at the end of the cycle and AT&T was to bring on the Touch Pro, or to be called the Fuze. The device was a huge hit and so was the website I created, Fuze Mobility. We got tons of traffic and a lot links from other much larger mobility websites but inevitably the same thing was destined to happen to the Fuze that happened to the Tilt, a newer device would come out. In this case, it would be called the Touch Pro 2. So even though I saw the hand writing on the wall, I started TP2 Mobility. I never really announced it as I was really not interested in doing another “niche” website. And Since I had already created Mobility Digest, which is broader focused website covering anything mobility related. I knew that was the direction I needed to go because devices are being released at a substantially greater speed than ever before. So that is a little about the history and where we are today for those new to our community. So where do we go from here? Well, that is the point after getting long winded. The time has come to merge our community of websites together into one website. It has grown way too difficult to maintain 4 websites and forums as it causes a lot of extra work to post 4 times to 4 websites. So in the very near future, I am going to have to have to redirect Tilt Mobility, Fuze Mobility, and TP2 Mobility to Mobility Digest.

Before I do this, I would like to hear from you and get the communities feedback on this.The last thing I want to do is run everyone off or kill what we have built. The upside to doing this is one, it will make things a lot easier on us and allow us to focus more on writing instead of the work involved to maintain all of the websites. Another key improvement is that we will have everyone commenting on the same article, not 2 comments on Tilt Mobility, 5 on Fuze Mobility, and 3 on Mobility Digest. It would be combined with 10 comments all in one article, the same article. The downside. I have not come up with a way to make one database out of the three without enormous expense and labor. All of which I do not have. Losing traffic and cutting into the small amount of ad money would not be good. To date, we only have Google Adsense on our websites and nothing else in an effort to keep things clean. As a result we don’t make much and it costs money to keep this going. Another downside might be that Windows Mobile readers that is  a majority of may not like looking at other device platforms some of our writers have gotten interested in such as Android. (ahem-Doug Simmons) In that case we have created sub domains that will filter content and still give readers a “niche” feel to it. I think another issue might be leaving a familiar Tilt/Fuze Mobility theme that we have had for so long going to the Mobility Digest Theme? How does everyone feel about the theme?

Those are some of the things I can think of and before I make this change I really want to hear from our readers and try to implement any suggestions that don’t involve me mortgaging my house to do. Thank you so much for being part of our community. I look forward to hearing from you. You can either post a comment or email me direct at doug at mobility digest dot com. 

Thank you

Doug Smith

12 COMMENTS

  1. I find it hard to keep jumping from site to site as well, so I’ve been trying to keep up with just Mobility Digest. I like the idea of merging into one – I think in the long run it’ll be better for you as well as the community – but, yes, we’ll probably have to deal with a few more … heated … discussions.

  2. Thanks Marti, it is readers like you that keep me going. I have been so stressed out about this. Thank you for posting a comment. :)

  3. great idea! i found about about fuze mobility, and actually only visited it until i found out you had this site, since then Ii only frequent this one, seemed pointless if you have more articles on this one. great site btw, its always the first when its my “bored and checking mobile websites website” times of the day as well as first thing in the morning!

  4. I feel that it is unecessary to have all the seprate sites. Your merger idea will cut back on a lot of work and time spent. I only check news on mobilitydigest and have found the news on the other sites redundant or repetetive. For the amount of articles that are posted it isnt too hard to sift through on one page. If I dont want to read one it is quite easy to skip it and go onto the next. The way you have it separated now is working fine for me. The only issue im having is going back to find old article that get burried under the next post button. Can we add page numbers that we can skip to? The theme is not an issue to me. The page is about whats written not how it looks. Is there a way to just archive the old stuff and not incorperate it in the page (separate link to the archive/graveyard)?

  5. You can save yourself some time Norcal Colby by simply selecting the authors name in any header and it will bring up a listing of all their articles. If the article is really old there is always the search feature.

  6. I have been following the websites since the early days and read almost every article posted everyday. Please keep up the great work. And oh yeah, merging the sites is a great idea. If we can filter by OS when reading that is a bonus but not required for me as i find most of the articles well written and intersting.

  7. I’m like the many of the other guys. I first found this community through Fuze-mobility but ever since you launched Mobility Digest, this has become my one stop shopping site for news on not just WinMo but the other platforms as well. Especially since I’m thinking Android may be in my future whenever I’m done with the Tilt2.

    So my vote is to go ahead merge the sites and don’t look back :thumbsup

  8. I check mobilitydigest everyday. I hate to admit it but I wasn’t really aware of the different sites. This one keeps me up to date with the info i want. So meger away.

    I do like the format of the articles. I hate sites the only give me 1 paragraph to decide if I want to read the entire article and then put up with the ads.

  9. Merging databases (forums and comments, etc) is a real PITA and I’d suggest staying away from that. Perhaps posting all new content to the one domain and using something like ping.fm to create threads at each of your sites to notify that community that you have a new article up?

    Over time, your communities will migrate over to the main domain, but in the meantime let them have their niches.

    Perhaps there are some leading forum members who would step up to admin and moderate those forums for you?

  10. And another thought: I actually *like* seeing articles about multiple platforms (as opposed to simply the Fuze) – even though I love my Fuze, I may or may not stay with WinMo (or WinPho if we must) and it’s good to keep up with what’s going on with Android and even the iPh… can’t say it, sorry. :)

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