Tuesday, January 26, 2010

"m.osu.edu is smartphone-ready"

The 'Mobile' Ohio State University

Introducing m.osu.edu for your smartphone: great information tailored to your location, right at your fingertips.

Whether you need to find out when the next bus is coming or where to grab a bite to eat, Ohio State's new mobile site has the answers.

Designed for the iPhone and other smartphones, m.osu.edu combines the best of osu.edu--news and events, plus features on academics, research, and athletics--with information designed specifically for smartphone users. (Users of traditional cell phones can visit osu.edu/mobile.)

Here's a quick look at some of the top features:

A high-tech "You are here"

Like the "You are here" arrow on a conventional map, m.osu.edu will adapt to your location. The site can recommend the nearest dining hall, wireless availability, and bus stop, among other things. Recommendations come with distances, parking information, and one-click walking, car, and bus directions.

Directions to popular campus destinations

New to campus? No problem: m.osu.edu can serve as your navigator. It has detailed directions to high-traffic campus spots, like Thompson Library, the RPAC, and Mirror Lake.

Real-time CABS info

With m.osu.edu, you'll be able to track Ohio State buses as they move around campus. Riders can find out when a bus will be at a specific stop, using updated arrival times provided by University Transportation and Parking.

Better search function

An enhanced mobile search will allow users to find and browse buildings. That information is just one click away from the full map and directions. Similarly, users will be able to call or email faculty and staff with just one click from their "Find People" profiles.

Buckeye Pride

With smartphone-ready ringtones and wallpaper, your phone can ring to "Hang on Sloopy" and you can set your background view to the Oval. The site also is a resource for interactive elements, so you can easily click through to follow Ohio State on Facebook and Twitter, and view O-H-I-O photos.



!!! Thanks To / Lorcan Dempsey / OCLC / Vice President and Chief Strategist / Via Twitter / For The HeadsUp !!!

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