I think of San Francisco as a fairly tech-savvy city, after all we are twitter‘s hometown, just a few miles north of Silicon Valley (with a few companies you may have heard of), but according to this Trulia statistic, we aren’t on the cutting edge of mobile real estate search. I find the fact that we lag the Ft. Worth, Texas area in anything, much less mobile real estate search, to be truly horrifying. But hey, at least we have a sweet trophy that they don’t.
As mashable points out with a bevy of pretty pictures, the “mobile” web is expected to soon surpass the “desktop” web, (although I thought the point of the web was that it was the web no matter what, but I digress).
I was hoping to add in some perspective about San Francisco and mobile vs. desktop internet usage, but this appears to be one of those simple questions to which the google does not have a quick answer. Although I found some lovely charts and graphs at Akamai, I was unable to find any current data about the number of desktop and mobile users in San Francisco, so if any dear readers have data or tips about where to find such juicy and useful data, I’d greatly appreciate it.
And after pondering if for a while, I’m prepared to announce the reason San Francisco doesn’t have a higher penetration of mobile real estate search: We have too many iPhone users that are tied to AT&T, so we can’t get anything resembling decent data coverage, and have given up doing anything with our phones other than taking pretty pictures of houses we wish we knew something about. Oh Verizon, when will you bring your horrible customer service but desirable network to those of us that just can’t say no to pretty phones?