Rynoweb http://rynoweb.com Rynoweb specializes in technical WordPress development and implementation, on-site SEO engineering and local search marketing strategies for small business web sites. Headed up by Chuck Reynolds Wed, 25 May 2016 09:10:47 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.6.1 http://rynoweb.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/cropped-rynoweb-icon-32x32.png Rynoweb http://rynoweb.com 32 32 Canonical Rel Attribute Just a Band-Aid http://rynoweb.com/canonical-rel-attribute-just-a-band-aid/ http://rynoweb.com/canonical-rel-attribute-just-a-band-aid/#comments Wed, 28 Aug 2013 08:05:25 +0000 http://rynoweb.com/?p=81 A while back the big 3 announced the adoption of a new relationship attribute for the header link tag in order to specify a preferred version of a page where there may be different ways to access it and to help avoid issues with duplicate content. It’s nice to have an option for when you take […]

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A while back the big 3 announced the adoption of a new relationship attribute for the header link tag in order to specify a preferred version of a page where there may be different ways to access it and to help avoid issues with duplicate content. It’s nice to have an option for when you take over a badly built site where there isn’t a budget to rewrite a lot of code and do a million 301 redirects but this is just a band-aid on a larger problem.

<link rel="canonical" href="http://example.com/main-slug/">

This is why architecture of a project is important and if you build it right the first time, you don’t have to worry about this being an issue. There are always times however that a bot will surprise you with some weird entry URL so as a guideline, it’s good to monitor your analytics and do simple 301 rewrites as they happen, if they happen. It’s good to know too that WordPress handles a lot of the heavy lifting for you already so if you have a WP site – you’re pretty much setup already.

Overtime we’ve seen canonical meta tags be useful in ecommerce applications, pagination, or for audits where you may not be able to change core site code. It’s helpful when there are child pages that don’t necessarily need to be indexed so you use the main product page as the canonical link for those, etc. But if you’re building from scratch – you had better not need them!

Read More:
5 common mistakes with rel=canonical
– Google, Specify Your Cononical
– Yahoo, Fighting Duplication
– SEOmoz has a really detailed write-up too.

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Use Dashes not Underscores in URLS for good SEO http://rynoweb.com/clean-urls-good-seo/ http://rynoweb.com/clean-urls-good-seo/#comments Sat, 17 Aug 2013 16:45:57 +0000 http://rynoweb.com/?p=180 I need not delve into the technical details of percent-encoding to make my point regarding keeping your URLs clean as part of your on-site search optimization, but some basic coaching is in order. I see a couple repeat offenses that bother me and I would like to discuss them here briefly in hopes of raising some awareness of the situation.

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I need not delve into the technical details of percent-encoding to make my point regarding keeping your URLs clean as part of your on-site search optimization, but some basic coaching is in order. I see a couple repeat offenses that bother me and I would like to discuss them here briefly in hopes of raising some awareness of the situation.

TL;DR
– Use Dashes in URL’s NOT spaces or underscores
– Don’t use any special characters in your urls. Only letters, numbers, and dashes.

First major offense is the use of an apostrophe in URLs

Feel free to use them in the title and throughout the content of your page but do not use them in the URL structure. Search engines view an apostrophe in a URL as %27. So Google sees http://domain.com/don’t-do-this as http://don%27t-do-this. This causes issues with keyword separation and can very well cause issues in your search rankings. Some sites also have problems dealing with encoded characters as well. For example bit.ly and other URL shortening services have had issues properly linking to sites using apostrophes and other encoded characters in the URL.

If you use WordPress for your site and/or blog it ‘should’ automatically fix your URL for you after you type your post title as you can see in the image below. If it doesn’t, click the edit button and fix it before publishing.
WordPress Cleans Apostrophes from URLs

Second major offense is the use of spaces in URLs

I don’t see spaces used in URLs as often as I see apostrophes but it’s unfortunately still too common. Spaces cause a similar issue by displaying as %20. Hyphens are the preferred character for separating two words in URLs – do not use spaces or underscores. Don’t argue with me, there are many reasons for this, including the actual spec that explain it. This includes Matt Cutts from Google re-explaining the dashes-vs-underscores thing in this Google Webmaster Help Video.

Same goes for Filenames

While I’m at it, your filenames need to follow these same guidelines. You optimize your image and video filenames to include keywords (right? you should be!) and should be using hyphens to separate those keywords as you do in your URLs.

If you currently have these problems on your site – I don’t recommend editing your old URLs unless you’re prepared to create 301 redirects for all of them (301 underscores to hyphens). Do keep an eye on your new posts and be cognizant of the situation in the future and keep your URLs clean as part of your SEO strategy.

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What Foursquare 3 means to Small Business http://rynoweb.com/foursquare-3-small-business/ http://rynoweb.com/foursquare-3-small-business/#comments Wed, 09 Mar 2011 12:24:32 +0000 http://rynoweb.com/?p=186 Foursquare encourages people to explore their town to discover new places, things to do and eat. For Small Business this is an opportunity!

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Foursquare has always been about encouraging people to explore their town and discover new places and things to do and eat. By using tips and to-do’s and highlighting trending locations it provided an interesting way to find out what people liked, where they had previously been and what they thought about the place.

Version 3 of Foursquare has just been released and with it they’ve really revised the way users will interact and find venues – and because of that SMB’s have the ability to benefit more than ever before. Previously I wrote an article on “Local Search Marketing using Foursquare” which is still a great lead-in to this post as the same underlying reasons of why a business should use Foursquare to begin with still apply. But lets talk about what small business can get out of Foursquare 3.

Better Venue Discovery

To start they’ve reworked how users discover new venues with a new recommendation engine. All of the tips and todos out there from users, their friends, and the whole foursquare community are being worked into an algorithm to provide users with “personalized recommendations.” The new Explore tab will help users more accurately find what they’re looking for by matching their search keyword with all of the mentioned data and providing recommendations on where to go. They don’t have to search as buttons for Food, Coffee, Nightlife, Shops and Entertainment are right up top for quick access. The possibilities of what this algorithm can do are amazing thinking of the amount of data they’re playing with and with how fast they’re growing. Expect much more to come from this in the future.

As a side note, the Yelp app already has similar functionality but their search is horrible in my opinion and their location data is mediocre at best – and updates are rare it seems. This Explore tab is a direct shot at Yelp’s Nearby tab and so far seems to be better at it.

SMB Take away: If your business is claimed and categorized properly with descriptive tags, it will be easier for your customers to find you with Foursquare 3.0.

foursquare 3 explor

More Rewards

The Leaderboard received a major overhaul from its simple points-based system. It has been broken for a while, mostly due to the “leaderboard spammers,” and Foursquare knew it. They’ve replaced it with a “7-day barometer of you and your friends.”

Check-ins can now assign points to many different things, such as finding new places, trying new types of restaurants, visiting new cities, getting together with groups of people and checking in with friends and a few others. So think multiple threads of assigning points… On one checking they have more chances to earn points for different things based on friend’s they’re with, location, venue type etc.

SMB Take away: The psychology in gamification (game mechanics) makes people play. Game mechanics is a whole other discussion but intrinsic motivators in Foursquare will in turn bring you the players.

foursquare 3 leaderboard

Increased Loyalty

With Foursquare 3 there are also six new types of foursquare Specials for merchants – so think past giving rewards only to the mayor or for their 5th checkin. There’s also more variety in what kinds of specials businesses can offer, so more people can be in touch with your generosity.

For example you can now offer specials for “swarms.” People actually have swarm parties to try and obtain that reward badge, and now you can offer them a discount at your business if they can unlock it. So they’re going to get 50+ people in your business to help unlock it… and you did nothing other than take 10 min to validate your venue and setup the special.

Foursquare is also helping promote venue specials nearby a user by placing a bright orange banner at the bottom of the places page (main screen to find and check-in to a venue). Specials nearby have their own screen in the app to showcase those businesses, and only those with specials – currently it defaults to a 2-mile radius of their current location. So if you are running a special in Foursquare you’ll automatically get more exposure to everybody using Foursquare within 12.57 square miles of your location; for free… How long would it take you to pass out a coupon to everybody in those 12.57 square miles, all day, every day? See what I mean?

SMB Take away: There are now more options than ever for you to be creative and set up a special that fits your business and your customers. Set up a special because you’ll get even more free promotion now with the new version.

foursquare 3 specials

Some quick Foursquare stats

Foursquare is nearing 7.5 Million users, 93% of them have joined in the last year. In that same year, there have been 500 Million check-ins.

That folks is an extremely active community and if you’re not getting in front of those consumer eyeballs you’re really missing out. Did I mention none of this costs you any money? It takes a half hour at best to set it all up and have it running all day every day. There’s a term in my industry called “geo-fencing”. That term means to you that anybody that steps in your geo-fenced area (that 12.57sqmi zone) can instantly see your advertisement message; for free!

Your Homework

– You first need to have claimed your business – it’s really easy now; search for it on foursquare.com or add a venue if it’s not there; hit “claim business” on your venue page; a robot calls you and you input a number to validate; done!
– You need to make sure your business is in the right category and tag it with terms describing your business. Are you a coffee shop that also sells tea? Tag it. Don’t spam it, but put some keywords that people are looking for: burgers, tea, karaoke, live bands, whatever…
– Set up a special – and don’t be boring with just a special for the mayor. If there’s a guy that’s on your patio every single day and he plays Foursqaure, it’s going to be hard for any of your other customers to participate so maybe do a group deal, or frequent visitor special. Mix it up, be creative. Read more into the new specials you can run here.
– Finally, promote that you’re on Foursquare… your menus, web site, signs, business cards, tv’s, your servers and employees… make sure they know what’s going on and are talking about it – nobody likes a clueless employee.

I hope you took something away from this and see the benefits of this tool. I’ve seen it do wonders for my clients and being a big Foursquare user myself, I hope to see more businesses “get it” and start becoming part of the conversation and community that’s all around them.

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Local Search Marketing using Foursquare http://rynoweb.com/local-search-marketing-using-foursquare/ http://rynoweb.com/local-search-marketing-using-foursquare/#comments Sat, 03 Apr 2010 01:21:07 +0000 http://rynoweb.com/?p=167 I mentioned previously that I was speaking at the Local Search Summit in NYC during Search Engine Strategies. New York was great, met (in person) great people in the industry that I’ve only previously talked to online and more importantly was able to present on something I’m very passionate about – local search. My talk […]

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I mentioned previously that I was speaking at the Local Search Summit in NYC during Search Engine Strategies. New York was great, met (in person) great people in the industry that I’ve only previously talked to online and more importantly was able to present on something I’m very passionate about – local search. My talk and accompanying slide deck focuses on Foursquare and using Foursquare for local search marketing.

See the follow up post “What Foursquare 3 Means to Small Business

Foursquare is a location-based application that works on the iphone, android and blackberry smart phones.  It brings a game aspect and some competition into the mix and you can use that to your benefit as a small business in regards to how you market yourself locally.  I’ll tell you how you can use it for free marketing and promotion as well. I’ve attached the slide deck at the bottom of the post for review.

First and foremost, Foursquare promotes exploration around town and trying out new venues.  You can open the app, see what is around your current location, if there are any specials nearby and what those are, and you can see if any of your friends are checked-in at any of those locations.  You can see if a place is trending (quite a bit of checkins in a short amount of time) and how many people are there.  Think popularity.  Foursquare has badges that one can “unlock” for certain accomplishments, say if they visit 5 different Starbuck’s they unlock the “Barista badge”.  There is also a “Leaderboard” as you receive points for checking in and for visiting multiple venues in a day.

What do badges and leaderboards mean to you as a business?

Ego.  People have one.  Competition.  People like to win.  This means that people are already playing this game and checking into your business whether you’re currently aware of it or not.  This means that there is a game, external from your knowledge, that is essentially tracking and rewarding your customers for frequenting your venue.

The next magic part is that Foursquare will dub the most frequently visiting player a “Mayor” of that location.  Somebody could quite possibly be the Mayor of your venue right now.

What does Mayorship mean to your business?

Again, think of the game – people like to win. Ergo people start to try and oust the Mayor so they can be in that spot. Being the Mayor is like having bragging rights.  Whoever comes to your business can see who the Mayor is, click on their profile, friend them, etc.  Mayorships and the oustings get posted publicly to twitter (most people have their account hooked to twitter and sometimes to their Facebook wall as well) with your business name and a link to your business’ profile page on foursquare.com. (Example: CK’s Tavern & Grill)

In addition to that, visitors can announce their arrival and/or “shout” that they’re at a location and again your business name and profile link will be posted along with anybody else’s username that has checked in recently (slide 4).  In addition to all of that, people can leave “tips” and “todo’s” for other visitors that will literally ‘pop-up’ when they check in at your location.  “Try the buffalo wings with ranch, best in town” or “Friday fish fry is awesome” or “Best tax prep in town and excellent service”.  Think short reviews.  And why are those good?  Read the SEO Benefits section below to learn why!

Some Stats about Foursquare

At the time of my talk, Foursquare had been around for just about 1-year.  In one year, they’ve obtained about 600,000 users (now they’re getting very close to breaking 1 Million users), have over 16 Million checkins, have over 1.4 Million venues in the database (all created by users mind you).  That’s fairly impressive no?  Out of the over 1.4 Million venues, only about 1200 venues have special offers.  Really?  Can you say “Opportunity“?

People love playing the game, and less than 1% of businesses are seizing the opportunity to entice those users into their place of business.  And you’re spending how much on print ads that hardly convert?

SEO Benefits of Foursquare

Google maps (slide 6) and now Bing maps are showcasing Foursquare venues when people search locally.  Again all without you spending a penny.  Google is starting to use the tips and shouts from Foursquare venues for citations about your business.  If you haven’t heard, citations are used in the rank algorithm.  This is why Yelp and Google Local reviews are so powerful and sought after.

Foursquare venue pages are ranking in search results (slide 7).  It has your business name, address and again links to your Foursquare venue page which also has your phone number.  Need I say more?

How Businesses get Involved with Foursquare

Simply put – goto Foursquare.com, and Search for your business.  If you’re in there make sure your information is correct.  There should be a little pencil icon under the info (once you have an account).  This is like any site, you need to make sure your information is correct and that you’re represented properly.

Not listed on Foursquare.com?  Add your business/venue at Foursquare.com/add_venue

Start a Special Offer for your Business

Like I mentioned above, there is a great opportunity for businesses to get an offer on Foursquare and potentially be one of the only places in town offering a deal.  Foursquare is still new, and people like exploring so if you’re one of the only places that shows you are on Foursquare and recognizing people’s enjoyment of the game and you basically say HI we have a special for you because you play Foursquare…  And even if they’re close to you, a “Special Offer Nearby” tab will show up and upon clicking on that your offer will be visible. Tell me that’s not great!?   Maybe you’re an ice cream shop next to a steak house – make an offer for “Free scoop with your Acme Steak receipt” or “25% off dessert every Friday, Saturday and Sunday night”.  (make up whatever)

How?  Goto Foursquare.com/business/venues and fill out that form – they’ll get back to you shortly. My experiences have proven they act fairly quickly.

Note: In slide 9 I show a dashboard with some nice stats on it.  That currently is in private beta and will be visible to businesses with offers.  Possibly a monetization entry for Foursquare as a “pro” feature or something but currently there are no such talks.  Only that the stats dashboard is in private testing for businesses.

Though you can see some of that on your profile page, such as who’s there, who’s been there, what tips there are, etc.

New School Loyalty Rewards

The new dashboard present some great flexibility for business owners.  Think of Foursquare as the 2010 version of the old school rewards punch card.  You could offer rewards for tweeting 20 times while at the venue or even about the venue, or even a reward for bringing 10 friends in with you.  Foursquare is working hard for local business; expect to see more coming in that regard.

Big Name Companies are already Adopting Foursquare

More and more companies are seeing the benefit in the many options Foursquare can provide and already Pepsi, the New York Times and Bravo network have jumped in and are working with it in different ways.  In fact while in Manhattan I unlocked a Bravo badge for visiting Radio City music hall!  In Las Vegas if you become the Mayor of the Miracle Mile Shops you’ll get your face and name on the 126-foot LED video screen.  I don’t know about you but that would be fricking cool (yes I’m a geek and simple things make me happy – if at least for the photo opp).

So the question is how are YOU going to use Foursquare for local search marketing?

I’m Chuck Reynolds on Foursquare as I am everywhere.  Feel free to friend me on Foursquare and follow me on twitter @chuckreynolds.  I appreciate you reading.  Feel free to ask any questions and/or post concerns on here or twitter.  Cheers!

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Notes on Self-Promotion by Peter Shankman http://rynoweb.com/self-promotion-notes/ http://rynoweb.com/self-promotion-notes/#comments Thu, 18 Mar 2010 21:54:58 +0000 http://rynoweb.com/?p=161 There was too much going on at SXSW for me to catch everything – I’m catching up on panels I didn’t see and Peter Shankman had a great talk on self-promotion and how to do it right. Honestly this stuff is very common sense but if you’ve been on twitter or facebook for more than […]

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There was too much going on at SXSW for me to catch everything – I’m catching up on panels I didn’t see and Peter Shankman had a great talk on self-promotion and how to do it right. Honestly this stuff is very common sense but if you’ve been on twitter or facebook for more than a day you know that most people still don’t get it. Here are my notes from his talk.

Self-Promotion to save the world
— by Peter Shankman @petershankman

– Get other people to WANT to do your promotion for you
– not saying how great you are, but having others want to say how great you are
– when self-promotion is done right – it’s helping
– being “that guy” – the person you call when you know you’re in the shit and they’ll get you out of it, they’ve done it before without having to ask.
– Transparency: obama won off being more transparent, works for you too
– Relevancy: is what you’re saying / promoting relevant to your audience?
– 2.7 seconds is attention span now – and get hit with that 16,000 times a day
– people like “finders” – the guys who are discovering the cool things and sending it out
– do it to be a nice person
– using the word “I” is the key to self-promotion failure
– be thankful and respect other people
– Everything you do either good or bad is a reflection of your personal brand – we live in a society now that there is no personal vs professional – there is no more private vs public

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Speaking at 2010 SES Local Search Summit http://rynoweb.com/speaking-2010-ses-local-search-summit/ http://rynoweb.com/speaking-2010-ses-local-search-summit/#comments Tue, 16 Mar 2010 16:30:05 +0000 http://rynoweb.com/?p=153 I’m packing up and heading to NYC to speak and be on a panel about Local Search Marketing, more specifically asked to focus on Foursquare and location-based mobile apps. To be honest I’m humbled to be on a panel with some wicked smart cats (@W2Scott and @Matt_Siltala) and going to New York to speak? Crazy […]

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SES Local Search Summit 23 March 2010 NYC

I’m packing up and heading to NYC to speak and be on a panel about Local Search Marketing, more specifically asked to focus on Foursquare and location-based mobile apps. To be honest I’m humbled to be on a panel with some wicked smart cats (@W2Scott and @Matt_Siltala) and going to New York to speak? Crazy talk!

If you’re going to be there, please stop and introduce yourself and say hi!  If not I’ll have my slides up for review and hopefully somebody is recording it.

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SXSWi bound in 2010 http://rynoweb.com/sxswi-bound-in-2010/ http://rynoweb.com/sxswi-bound-in-2010/#respond Fri, 12 Mar 2010 05:23:00 +0000 http://rynoweb.com/?p=157 It’s that time of year again when all the geeks in the web tech community converge upon Austin Texas and form insanely long lines for blocks to get into Facebook, Mashable, Digg and Foursquare parties to get free tshirts, tech gear and free drinkage and hopefully get to meet “internet stars”…  Something like that. I […]

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SXSWi 2010 Logo It’s that time of year again when all the geeks in the web tech community converge upon Austin Texas and form insanely long lines for blocks to get into Facebook, Mashable, Digg and Foursquare parties to get free tshirts, tech gear and free drinkage and hopefully get to meet “internet stars”…  Something like that.

I got over that year one – but SXSW Interactive is a great time, good to hang out with all those you talk to online from around the world and build better relationships, meet other entrepreneurs and gather insight on their positives and failures in the startup world and more.

Austin itself is a really cool town, great downtown area and awesome music scene.  The conference is beyond huge and offers a lot of information packed into a week.

So with that I’ll link you to my SXSW schedule if you’d like to see the panels I’m hitting or you can track me down via the normal methods: twitter, foursquare, gowalla & brightkite.

Cheers

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People Don’t Buy What You Do – They Buy Why You Do It http://rynoweb.com/people-buy-why-you-do-it/ http://rynoweb.com/people-buy-why-you-do-it/#comments Mon, 18 Jan 2010 08:45:27 +0000 http://rynoweb.com/?p=150 I found this post on rww about a TEDx Speech by motivational speaker and author Simon Sinek entitled, “Entrepreneurs: It’s Not What You Do, It’s Why You Do It”.  He talks about his concept “The Golden Circle” (3 circles representing the different ways we think about a product/goal (watch the video)), goes into the Diffusion […]

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I found this post on rww about a TEDx Speech by motivational speaker and author Simon Sinek entitled, “Entrepreneurs: It’s Not What You Do, It’s Why You Do It”.  He talks about his concept “The Golden Circle” (3 circles representing the different ways we think about a product/goal (watch the video)), goes into the Diffusion of Innovations theory and explains it all quite well.

It’s a philosophy I have always felt and more recently started following myself for a while and, among other things, explains why past business partnerships I’ve made eventually failed and why I’ve decided to be solo for good.  This whole talk refers to and explains (MUCH better than I could) why I say “old school” all the time; this is what I mean, people I say are old school are working for the paycheck, not for what they believe.  Living in the top 10% and trying to do business with somebody in the last 16%… lets just say you don’t quite see eye-to-eye.

Anyways it’s good and I thought it needed to be here for you.

Quote from Speech:

There are leaders and there are those that lead.
Leaders hold a position of power or authority, but those who lead – inspire us.
We follow those who lead not because we have to but because we want to, we follow those who lead not for them but for ourselves.

Check out his book on Amazon:Start With Why

Watch the whole speech: (click through)

Part in speech regarding type of people to hire: 08:02
Part in speech regarding the Law of Diffusion of Innovation: 11:05

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Android to Iphone Part 2 http://rynoweb.com/android-to-iphone-part-2/ http://rynoweb.com/android-to-iphone-part-2/#comments Fri, 10 Jul 2009 21:04:03 +0000 http://rynoweb.com/?p=111 I’d like to clarify things with the last post about my switch from Android to iPhone.  I didn’t get too specific because one, I felt stressed to get the post out quick and 2 I felt stressed about the video.  Partly why I suck at updating this blog, but whatever. I keep getting asked to […]

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google-android-htc-g1-vs-iphone-3gsI’d like to clarify things with the last post about my switch from Android to iPhone.  I didn’t get too specific because one, I felt stressed to get the post out quick and 2 I felt stressed about the video.  Partly why I suck at updating this blog, but whatever.

I keep getting asked to elaborate a bit and now that I’ve had the iPhone 3GS for a couple days I have some more details and insight that may interest those who have pondered a similar switch.

  • I had an issue with with apps on the G1 as they don’t store on the SD card and the actual handset has only like 256mb of on-board memory so I had to keep uninstalling apps to add new ones.  iPhone has a 16gb hard-drive – nothing to worry about (and a 32gb model is available also).
  • The keyboard typing logic is much smarter on the iPhone; less mistyped words and I seem to be faster typing on the iPhone than the G1 (while using the software keyboard).  I think the keys are better placed as the screen seems wider, but they’re not as tight together and I can type pretty quick and even better on landscape mode.
  • GPS on the iPhone locates me much faster than android and it seems much more responsive to movements and rotation.  The original G1 demo videos had Google maps rotating the little street view guy to the direction you were looking but for one, I never used that specific functionality (no need), and two, it was so far buried in the map menu’s it wasn’t fast enough to be useful in my opinion.
  • Apps wise…  and this partially ties into GPS but BrightKite and Foursquare actually work for finding where I’m currently located (despite their own individual software flaws).  The BrightKite app on Android would always keep me stuck at my last check-in point even if I hit “dismiss guess” 10 times.  Searching worked for finding and checking in but that’s not the point.  Only once out of about 30+ check-ins so far did I have to search for the place I was at on the iPhone’s BrightKite app.
    There wasn’t a Foursquare app (there was FourDroid but it was beyond horrible and FourSquared is in limited alpha at this point) on the G1 Android platform so I can’t compare apps, but the mobile version of their site didn’t have nearly the features the iPhone app has (but the iphone app doesn’t have venue search yet either so).
  • Battery life… perhaps too early to tell because I’ve been hammering my iPhone with new apps and download tons of apps/games to test and also beta testing for a new GPS-based game called 5thDimension so that has been sucking the battery down.  But with that said – I’m not getting any less battery life than the G1.  Batteries in gadgets in general suck so I know there will be no dramatic change either way.

iPhone quirks at the moment

  • Having some duplicate entries and split records with contacts that have synced from my Google Apps account.  I’ve heard from a couple iPhone users they have the same issue and I’m hoping that’s one of the issues addressed in the 3.1 update coming in a few weeks.
  • The lack of settings options for the system and individual apps.  For one I’m used to going into the app and then doing its settings, but iPhone has all settings for everything in one spot. Again something to get used to but I can’t have different sound volumes for sms versus ringer tones… can’t set ringer to a sound but then have sms/emails vibrate… it’s all things make noises or all things vibrate – nothing in between.  And certain alerts seem much louder than others.
  • Ringtones have to be hacked to work but there’s a great way to create free iPhone ringtones (thx to @amysellers and @leaky_tiki for the find)
  • Alert sounds… how do I get new ones? fail
  • The protective Incase case I bought was $37 bucks after tax… holy crap!

Anything I currently miss from Android?

  • the simultaneous background processes was pretty slick on Android, not gonna lie, but in all practicality I don’t really miss it and I have yet to run into, or foresee running into, any position I’d be in to where that would be a vital feature I absolutely needed.
  • I kind of miss Android’s ability to “tab” into other apps while they’re running, but I think that’s just a work flow issue that I’m not completely used to yet as the iPhone you have an app open or closed – nothing else.  Again nothing big that I foresee a problem with once I get more used to the flow on the iPhone.

I’m sure there will be more things I forgot (always is) but you can follow me on twitter for the smaller bits of info and all my other random stuff I post about.

Jan 2010 UPDATE: I waned to mention a great post on TechCrunch titled “An iPhone Lover’s Take On The Nexus One” that’s worth a read.

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Android G1 to iPhone 3GS http://rynoweb.com/android-to-iphone/ http://rynoweb.com/android-to-iphone/#comments Wed, 08 Jul 2009 16:25:07 +0000 http://rynoweb.com/?p=101 I know there are going to be a couple laughs and a few fingers pointed, but I can take it, so here it goes… I’ve migrated to an iPhone 3Gs on AT&T from my G1 Android on T-Mobile. Yup – that just happened. Watch the video for details. I don’t want to explain exactly what […]

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I know there are going to be a couple laughs and a few fingers pointed, but I can take it, so here it goes… I’ve migrated to an iPhone 3Gs on AT&T from my G1 Android on T-Mobile. Yup – that just happened.

Watch the video for details.

I don’t want to explain exactly what the video covers but in general the Android and HTC G1 combo are growing too slowly and I think have some road blocks coming along the road. This isn’t to say the iPhone OS is perfect – far from it but it’s had much more time to grow up and I realized I can’t wait for Android to grow up. Regardless of my switch I’ll watch the maturing Android OS and see how it goes and you never know what will happen – but for now I’ve taken the contract break from T-Mobile and moved over to AT&T.

Comments are where you should ask your questions and I’ll reply to them here so everybody can contribute. This isn’t something that should turn into a flame war but if you must. There are good things about both platforms and there are a couple things I’m leaving behind to make the switch so neither is perfect. Talk to you soon, cheers!

Full Sized HD on YouTube.
Also on Vimeo & Viddler for further commenting.

UPDATE: I’ve added some more insight in a second post after using the iPhone for a couple days: Android to iPhone Part 2
Jan 2010 UPDATE: I waned to mention a great post on TechCrunch titled “An iPhone Lover’s Take On The Nexus One” that’s worth a read.

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