Socialtext's Mobile Wiki: Miki
Very cool, Ross and the folks over at Socialtext have launched a mobile version of their wiki service they've dubbed 'Miki'. Ross pinged me a week or so ago about it and I thought it was very interesting. It's targeted squarely at the Blackberry crowd right now, which is more than fine for these guys. Their customers are mostly Enterprise and in general launching a new mobile service with a specific target handset type is a practical strategy. It's a lot of work to support thousands of phones.
The interesting thing about Wikis is that if you think about it, they are almost custom made to work on mobiles because their markup is already being created on the fly. You write using WikiText, with *bold* letters and WikiWords and !!!Headings and stuff, and then use a converter to create the web page right before it goes out to the browser. This is cool - now there's not the problem of having to process HTML, and try to figure out how it can work on a phone, as Socialtext starts to add support for more devices and builds up their DB, they can have variations on their page processor to create versions of the site that work on various handsets.
Anyways, congrats Ross and Co! Don't stop here though, this is just the tineiest of baby steps towards making Socialtext truly mobile and tapping into the opportunities that are in that area. :-)