I love graphs which go upwards. What did I learn from this one? It’s the graph of traffic to my own personal website from just one mobile device – the Apple iPhone – over the past year. There are similar graphs for traffic from iPods as well as Android, BlackBerry and SymbianOS devices.
Windows, Mac and Linux computers represented 98% of traffic in August 2009, but only 90% in August 2010. OK, that means the vast majority of visitors are still using PCs with (presumably) big screens, but that growing proportion which has just hit 10% is very significant. It’s over 1,700 visitors a month, and if my personal website was a commercial operation, that could mean serious business opportunities.
Fortunately, most of my site looks great on small screens (it has a separate stylesheet and looks totally different). But does yours? Have you even looked at it on a mobile phone? It’s increasingly important that it looks good on more than just a desktop Windows PC.