History goes mobile
We were already quite proud of putting a whole museum with objects from all over the country on your desktop. But now we've gone one better and put it in your pocket, with a version of A History of the World for mobile phones.
It means that you can see the object of the day, plus a daily selection of other interesting objects added to the site, and find the podcasts - all while doing your shopping or waiting for a train.
This is clearly exciting news, as confirmed by the email about it that arrived in my inbox:
Using device detection logic, mobile visitors should find the site optimised for their device, with quick, simple and accessible vertical navigation. All devices will be able to access recent podcasts without needing to sync with a desktop computer, and on some supported devices, there's even quick links into recent full programmes via the mobile iPlayer.
Now, personally, my excitement was only heightened by the fact that I didn't really understand any of this.
Vertical navigation? Sounds like rock climbing. Those of you who have been listening from the start will know that A History of the World is pretty keen on rocks, but this seems to be taking it a bit far. And exactly how many 'devices' will I need to find this new site? I asked James Simcock, the man behind the mobile site, to enlighten me.
Thanks to some clever technology, we can now spot whether someone is using a desktop, mobile phone or portable games console. If you are looking at the site on your mobile phone you will automatically get the new mobile site. It's been streamlined for quick access over mobile networks and features a simplified view of the latest object photos, info and programmes. And it's all shown in a single column to make it as easy as possible to use from a small screen.
No mention of rock climbing. But it does seem like the mobile site is a great way to see the object of the day while listening to the podcast or even, as announced last week, live radio on your mobile.
Just go to www.bbc.co.uk/ahistoryoftheworld on your mobile and we'll do the rest.