Thursday, March 31, 2005

Intercasting and Rabble in The San Jose Mercury News

We had a nice write up in the Mercury News here.

3 comments:

mobile jones said...

Congrats on the SJ Merc story. You need not confirm this, but the only operator I've heard talk about or try to encourage user created content is VZW. If this is true, it's hugely positive for them as a differentiator and demonstrates an understanding of data drivers that operators haven't shown in the past.

Sounds like the problems with pricing remain, though. If every application has an additional cost, and users are required to pay for minutes + a data plan + an application, they will find another way.

I've been using mobile tools to start blogging, but not moblogging per say. My cameraphone is always with me, and I have Lifeblog (fron Nokia) installed, but when it comes time to upload the photos and text, I do so in a multi-step process rather than being charged per kilobyte from the phone. I have a bluetooth dongle on my laptop and transfer from the phone. Then I post to the web from either a wi-fi connection or a broadband wired connection. So, I have the capability of collecting the information while mobile, but don't feel the requirement to post it immediately. The time independence of blogs, podcasts, the web are one of its strengthens. Where is the immediacy requirement to use mobile networks versus nomadic wi-fi or static wired broadband?

To justify the pricing model of operators, that immediacy will need to exist as a driver. I'd love to hear the justification of the expense that comes with using the mobile network differently.

The location element that your company advocates changes things a bit. If lots of compelling content is exclusive to mobile networks and can only be retrived using the mobile network location database, then, there might be logic in posting and retrieving while mobile.

I can't wait to hear more about the plan for LVMOs, as I've been convinced for several years that user created content will continue to drive data services - both wired and wireless.

mobile jones said...

Congrats on the SJ Merc story. You need not confirm this, but the only operator I've heard talk about or try to encourage user created content is VZW. If this is true, it's hugely positive for them as a differentiator and demonstrates an understanding of data drivers that operators haven't shown in the past.

Sounds like the problems with pricing remain, though. If every application has an additional cost, and users are required to pay for minutes + a data plan + an application, they will find another way.

I've been using mobile tools to start blogging, but not moblogging per say. My cameraphone is always with me, and I have Lifeblog (fron Nokia) installed, but when it comes time to upload the photos and text, I do so in a multi-step process rather than being charged per kilobyte from the phone. I have a bluetooth dongle on my laptop and transfer from the phone. Then I post to the web from either a wi-fi connection or a broadband wired connection. So, I have the capability of collecting the information while mobile, but don't feel the requirement to post it immediately. The time independence of blogs, podcasts, the web are one of its strengthens. Where is the immediacy requirement to use mobile networks versus nomadic wi-fi or static wired broadband?

To justify the pricing model of operators, that immediacy will need to exist as a driver. I'd love to hear the justification of the expense that comes with using the mobile network differently.

The location element that your company advocates changes things a bit. If lots of compelling content is exclusive to mobile networks and can only be retrived using the mobile network location database, then, there might be logic in posting and retrieving while mobile.

I can't wait to hear more about the plan for LVMOs, as I've been convinced for several years that user created content will continue to drive data services - both wired and wireless.

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