Mobilizing the Wiki

    March 18, 2009
    Chris Crum

PBwiki announced the release of its mobile edition today. This is the first of its kind to be released for smartphones.

For those unfamiliar with PBwiki whose CEO Jim Groff formerly worked for Oracle and Apple, it is a commercial wiki site said to be named after the concept that making a wiki should be as easy as making a peanut butter sandwich.

"Mobile access is the new reality for the enterprise," PBwiki VP of Enterprise Marketing Chris Yeh tells Chris Yeh of PBwikiWebProNews. "Whether we like it or not, we’re living in an iPhone and Blackberry world.  Every executive and every young worker has one, and now that they’ve experience the power of ubiquitous access, they expect it from all their mission-critical apps."

"Our customers let us know in no uncertain terms that collaboration shouldn’t stop at the desktop or laptop, and that they needed mobile access to their PBwikis," added Yeh. "PBwiki Mobile Edition empowers them to fully access online collaboration through their wiki anywhere they go, accelerating the speed of business."

The mobile version of PBwiki lets users:

– View existing content
– Search through all pages and files
– Comment on existing pages
– Create new pages and enter text content
– Download files for local use

"We’re always focused on helping teams be more productive and efficient," says Groff. "When our customers started pointing out how a mobile solution would improve employee productivity, creating PBwiki Mobile Edition was a natural next step. Our focus was to take PBwiki’s strengths–speed, elegance, and ease-of-user–and carry them over into the mobile world."

With mobile Internet and app use on the rise, it seems everyone is looking to get in on the smartphone revolution (smartly). Google even added an iPhone views segment to Google Analytics recently. Major computer manufacturers are poised to increase the competition in the smartphone space, and once that takes off, the offering of smartphone-compatible sites will simply be a must.

No special URL or configuration is needed to use PBwiki Mobile Edition. Users need only enter their regular URL. It will automatically recognize that it is being viewed on a smartphone.