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June 12, 2005

No one will talk about moblogging in five years

Stephen Baker

Read about Intel and Nokia's latest collaboration. (via Daily Glyph) You can see it's a matter of time before mobile blogging will be standard, even for tech-challenged types like me. As that happens, the blog world will come to reflect more of humanity in action, perhaps a smaller degree of reflection. The world moblogging will fade away, just the way people more and more refer to cell phones, simply, as 'phones.' The growth of mobile blogging is great news for marketers, provides terrific possibilities for live news coverage. For readers, as usual, it'll be a mixed bag.

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You're describing what I call "transparent ubiquity", which is how I characterize the future of computing in general. Computing will be everywhere (ubiquity), and their use will be either automatic or so intuitive that their existence will be (considered) transparent.

Some questions about definitions... Is moblogging determined by the connection type (wireless vs. wired)? By the access device type (hand-held vs. notebook or desktop)? By variability of location (so-called mobility)? So, if you travel around a lot and blog using your notebook PC via Wi-Fi are you technically *not* moblogging because you're not using a handheld device?

And, what about the specialized handheld devices used by package delivery, factories, meter readers, etc.; they are clearly "logging" information, but since it is not in blog format, does that mean that they are technically *not* moblogging?

And, what if I have a phone-based java app that puts audio snippets directly into an RSS web feed, but doesn't put them into blog pages; is that then technically *not* moblogging because it skipped the blog step?

The Wikipedia refers to "publishing from a mobile device", but also explicitly refers to blogs (as opposed to feeds). I would suggest that the emphasis be placed on the mobility of the device (so wireless notebook PCs are included as well). I would also suggest that the term emphasize "mobile logging" (as opposed to "mobile Blogging") But, at present, that is not the case and merely my own recommendations. Obviously you poor souls at BW are stuck with having to wrestle with today's reality.

To date, so-called moblogging is more of a toy-like "gadget" than a professional tool. This may provide some incremental revenue for the wireless telcos, but in the longer-term this simplified form of user media input will surely become a true commodity, with obvious pricing implications.

-- Jack Krupansky

Posted by: Jack Krupansky at June 12, 2005 02:19 PM

Boy Jack...talk about complicating things :-)

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When I first experimented with MoBlogging about a year ago, I described it this way...

"In the "blogging" world, it's called "MoBlogging", posting to a website using mobile technologies (cell phones (especially picture phones), PDAs, laptops, etc.) In reality, it's about posting via email, the device is irrelevant. You could post from an internet kiosk, a client's computer, anything handy. It's more about posting remotely and has a lot of business applications; think an engineer in the field, a remote team posting progress reports, live reports from a seminar. With a little imagination, the possibilities are almost endless."

Posted by: PXLated at June 12, 2005 11:58 PM

we should stop using the term 'moblogging' already now. blogging is blogging, whether you do it from a pc, wireless pc, or a phone. by calling blogging using a mobile something else implies that it is different. it's not. i know. i live it.

yes, there are different user experiences between a (relatively) fixed desktop with a large screen, fast connection, and keyboard versus a small mobile with camera, small keypad, and slim connection. but that's not the point.

the reality is that the mobile and pc complement each other - post from the pc with content from the phone, post from the mobile with content from the mobile, post from the mobile and add to the post from the pc, and so on.

let's get over this 'moblogging' word and just say blogging.

tchau,

charlie

Posted by: charlie at June 13, 2005 05:49 AM

Charlie...I would tend to agree except from the technology side of things. MoBlogging is generally done through email while blogging is through web forms. At least with the various rechnologies I've used. :-)

Posted by: PXLated at June 13, 2005 07:49 AM


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