Many of you read MLBTR on your cell phone these days. Those on mobile devices have noticed a change this week: the introduction of our new mobile website. Now, if you go to MLBTradeRumors.com on your mobile device, you will get a streamlined version of MLBTR that works much better on a phone. The new MLBTR mobile site loads more quickly, has fewer ads, and retains features such as a search box, the teams menu, social sharing buttons, and the ability to read and leave comments on posts.
Some of you have protested the change, saying, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” We can debate whether the pinch-and-zoom non-mobile-friendly MLBTR experience was broken, but Google definitely thought it was, and will be docking all mobile-unfriendly sites in their search results starting Tuesday. So while we were planning to go mobile-friendly this year, the Google issue forced our hand to do it now.
Of course, we love our longtime mobile readers and respect the fact that some of you prefer the full text of the latest 15 posts to be available on the homepage. If that’s your preference, just scroll down to the bottom of the screen and hit the Desktop link, and you’ll get the old, familiar desktop version of MLBTR on your phone.
Another alternative is our free Trade Rumors app for iPhone and Android. The app allows for more customization than the mobile website. With the Trade Rumors app, you can set up notifications and feeds for any combination of players and teams from MLBTR, Hoops Rumors, and Pro Football Rumors.