I have a brilliant idea but not sure if I should go with a mobile app or a website?

I've thought of an awesome simple social network (not as broad as facebook and nothing like it, dont compare. But this one could be more of tumblr/twitter but again not as broad). Now where I'm stuck is, should I create it as a mobile app.. or a website? The concept can work well on both the platforms (mobile and web) but as mobile is more portable and there are more chances of getting initial traction (through the appstores), I was thinking to build it as a mobile app (and maybe in future expand it to web too) Thoughts?


If you create a website and use responsive web design (the website automatically changes the way it looks on different screen sizes), you can have your cake and eat it too. :)

The website would be usable from a large screened device (like a laptop) and if it is accessed via a small screen (like a smartphone), it will "reformat" the way it looks to make it usable on a small screen.

You can go one step further and create a mobile app which will create a "webview" of the website. Thus, when people open the mobile app, they "see" the website and interact with it the way they would with an app.

I have experience in responsive web design, smartphone development, and implementing webviews in smartphone apps. Please give me a call if you would like more information about these subjects.


Answered 10 years ago

30% of internet traffic is now mobile, and we should reach 50% soon according to KPCB. If your idea can work both for mobile and web, I recommend you go mobile first as you may get more traction and more interest from recruitee and investors.

Answered 10 years ago

Go Mobile First.

There are many advantages from having a large user base, easy discovery on the app stores, beautiful User Experience and most importantly simpler product.

Let me know if I can be of further assistance:

Answered 10 years ago

Nowadays it's very rare to get away with just one of them: you need both. If you're strapped for cash, consider PhoneGap which will allow you to re-use most source code across platforms.

Answered 10 years ago

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