First Carnival of the Mobilists

We’re delighted to host this first edition of the Carnival of the Mobilists, which aims to showcase some of the best writing on the web about mobile. You can read more about the idea here.

So without more ado, let’s get stuck in.

I’ll give pride of place this week to The Pondering Primate, not just because it’s a great post, but because he contacted me from his hospital bed to make sure he was included. That’s commitment for you! On your behalf, I wish him a speedy and successful recovery, a return to his pondering posts and those ridiculously hard Iron Man contests of which he is so fond.

As he’s been bed ridden and unable to blog this week, we’ve raided his archives and revisited We Interrupt This Broadcast…. in which he ponders the future of advertising in the mobile phone context. This vision closely ties in with what I believe will happen as the mobile becomes the tool to link the real world and the digital one.

We interviewed Mark Curtis about his new book, Distraction Culture, a month ago and Mark has a blog of the same name. This week, he’s been looking at Orange’s new UK interface for some of their phones, asking why bother, if it’s not a significantly better usability experience. For instance, accessing an sms now takes six clicks, whereas the old interface took just one.

Dorrian Porter is a blogger I haven’t come across before, which is what the Carnival of the Mobilists is all about. Dorrian’s post is an exploration of how we might use digital tools in the future. One school of thought is that we’ll all be wedded to one device. Dorrian takes another approach and suggests that we’ll have many devices and simply use the one that suits our purpose and need at the time. But because all our information will be stored on the web, we’ll be able to access it from a plethora of devices.

Definitely worth a read.

From a relative newbie to one of the most well-established names in mobile blogging – SmartMobs. Inspired by Howard Rheingold’s book of the same name, the blog is multi-authored by a talented team of contributors. This week’s contribution is from Gerrit Visser, who brings our attention to an interview with a senior source at the BBC, which is looking at integrating blogs more centrally into their news reporting.

Where the BBC leads, others tend to follow and this could well be the way of the future.

Meanwhile, Oliver Starr, writing at my former home of The Mobile Weblog has put forward this post. Oliver writes a mash up of predictions for mobile technology, based on his own observations and the thinking of analysts, Bob Egan, Service Director of TowerGroup Emerging Technologies and Craig Mathias, Principal of the Farpoint Group.

All the predictions are interesting (Linux cleaning up in the mobile OS battle, which I certainly believe), but the one that caught my eye most is “Location Based Services will be “Huge Huge Huge” for both business and personal use”, which has been very much my stance for the last 5 long years of false starts, operators failing to deploy the technology and market scepticism. I really believe that this is coming to an end and we may well see some real action now.

Nice one, Oliver – The Mobile Weblog will be hosting next week’s Carnival of the Mobilists, by the way. Drop me a line if you’d like to host soon.

Troy Norcross really hates spam – and I mean really. So much so that he writes a blog called Mobile Marketing & Spam, dedicated to best practice mobile marketing. His post this week introduces the concept of “TRVR (phonetically that’s Trevor in case you were wondering) And TRVR is Timely Relevant Valuable and Requested”. And all push marketing communication is spam if it’s not TRVR.

Mobile marketers take note.

I wrote my first book (actually, my only book, so far) with Ajit Jaokar and it’s great to see his subsequent publication, Open Gardens, written with Tony Fish, do so well. This week, his blog of the same name, revisits one of the ideas in the book – an OpenWaspa.

Ajit’s looking for feedback on the idea, so make sure you pop over and help. But the basic concept is that OpenWaspa solves a number of key problems in the mobile development market, including helping developers find mobile operator partners.

Rudy de Waele, writing at Random One, has been looking back at September 2005 as the month where Fixed Mobile Internet Convergence finally reached its tipping point. While the Skype/eBay deal arguably grabbed the headlines, there was a whole bunch of announcements and deals to make it a real landmark month. “Mobile as we knew it is gonna be definitely different from now on…”

Jim Hughes is another mobile blogging veteran, with his Feet Up blog and he looked at the surprise Nokia launch of the E Series. This includes “the Blackberry slaughtering E61 (killing doesnǃÙt begin to sum up this niche destroying device)”.

If only Nokia had the same flair for publicity that Apple does, we might have seen quite how momentous this launch actually is.

And finally… of the ongoing discussions that’s being passionately debated is the issue I wrote about yesterday – the Separatistas Vs the Convergionists. This thread is being followed at i-mode Strategy too, with an interview with Mike Gauba, academic and consultant. Mike is a Separatista – or at least an Anti-Convergionist, which is a slightly different thing.

On the other side of this debate, one of the leading clergy in the Church of Convergionists is our old friend Tomi “ha ha” Ahonen who controversially wrote on his blog, Communities Dominate Brands, a post called “2006: the year the i-Pod died“. Tomi preaches a classic Convergionist sermon, which is certainly where I come from too.

There’s a debate going on at Forum Oxford (free to join) if you’d like to follow it or contribute to it.

Whoops, I nearly forgot! Our favourite MobHappy post this week was Carlo’s Digital Vs Actual Memories, which has also attracted many comments from our readers. Carlo had these deep thoughts at a recent Coldplay concert – well, you have do something to beat the boredom.

That brings us to the end of this week’s Carnival of the Mobilists. I hope it was interesting/enjoyable/stimulating and introduced you to some posts you may well have missed. Everyone involved would love some feedback, so please, please leave a comment and let us know what you think. Especially how it can be improved.

Next week’s Carnival of the Mobilists will be at The Mobile Weblog. Send your entries of your favourite post from your blog about mobile, by 9.00 pm Pacific Time to

Thank you all – bloggers and readers – for making this happen!

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