Mobile specific URLs? They're breaking the web

13 March 2012

Those mobile spe­cific URLs—m.*, mobile.* and the like—they’ve got to go. There’s just too many mobile-specific URLs popping up on Twitter and similar, and since for some reason the browser de­tec­tion only only pushes people from desktop to mobile, if you’re ac­tu­ally on a desktop browser, you end up stuck there. A poor user experience, and it doesn’t sell many ads, either. People are just going to have to do that shit right—the same URL (i.e. resource) for everyone, and content ne­go­ti­a­tion (or “responsive design”) thereafter. (Set a cookie sum­maris­ing what’s in the User-Agent header, if necessary.) It’s not that hard!