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The ProInsights iPad App

photoWhenever someone asks me about the value of social media, I always tell them that I generate a significant portion of my revenue from the relationships I’ve nurtured on LinkedIn.

So when I’m not flipping through profiles and checking out groups on my laptop, I’m usually doing something similar on the iPad.

It’s truly an exciting life.

The problem I have with LinkedIn is that while it has huge amounts of data, it can be kind of boring and static.

So when I came across the ProInsights APP  for the iPad a few weeks back I was curious. First of all it was free (with some in-app paid upgrades). But secondly because it displayed my LinkedIn life as something that actually seemed alive.

The layout is gorgeous and the way it displays information is fantastic.

The graphical interface is definitely something most folks will appreciate – especially those who like to scroll through contacts.

In short if you have an iPad, this is something to check out today.

Is your site mobile-ready?

Where do you do most of your surfing?

Three years ago I would have said my computer.

But the iPhone changed my internet life along with the world of mobile computing.

Now I can check emails and keep on top of news and events anywhere I can get a connection.

Information is now more mobile than it’s ever been.

So why are most websites only optimized to run on PCs?

Phones and tablets made to run on RIM, Apple and Android devices have changed things.

This afternoon when I log off to pick up my kids, I’ll shut down the laptop for the evening.

But I won’t turn off my phone, and the iPad will be sitting next to me ready to dole out useful IMDB tidbits on whatever b-list actor I can’t place from Law and Order.

This is just a long winded way to say that if you have a site that doesn’t run properly on the iPhone or iPad, you’ve lost me (and millions of other potential visitors) for the night. And if it doesn’t run on the Blackberry, you can count my wife and her friends out as well.

Now don’t start sweating. I’m in the same boat as you. My site isn’t built for mobile devices.

But today I did discover a little tool to make it a bit more mobile friendly.

http://www.joemobi.com/

This free service will turn your blog into a native Blackberry App. It took less than 40 minutes for me to set up and it works great. If you happen to be on your Blackberry, download my app here.

I had a back and forth with a guy from the company today on Linkedin and he told me that there are plans afoot to expand this little offering to iOS and Android devices in the near future.

Obviously, when everyone has this installed on their site, you’re going to have a hell of a time competing against every blogger on the planet.

So I’m going to recommend you set this up now and get the word out to your database.

Because this is one instance, where being first could really make a difference.