Monday, May 09, 2005
First Global Mobile Monday event held in Helsinki
The Global Mobile Monday team. Second from left is Peter Vesterbacka from HP one of the founders
Peter, myself and Mike writing some notes with analogue media
Zetor is a theme restaurant with Finland as a theme. Originally is was a joke, but gradually they have achieved remarkalbe authenticity.
Tonight was a historical event in mobility in Finland as it was the first Global Mobile Monday with people from Japan, France, US, Italy, Canada just to mention a few of the nationalities I bumbed into. It was fun to see old faces and meet some new faces, just in the spirit of Mobile Monday. I am really happy that this concept is now making its way international. I spoke at Mobile Monady back in 2001 and I have allways held this concept in high regards. I like its noble open goals of bringning people together. Russ and Mike were in Finland for the first time. We ended up in Zetor for a nice dinner. Vesku I could feel your precense (for those who do not know Vesku Paananen, he was one of the founders and major advocate for the whole concept of Mobile Monday, he is surfing on a warm island...) If you are wondering all the images was shot with the Nokia N90 transformer.
Like at all Mobile Monday events there were some good insights:
- "Syncronisation is like plumpbing. Leave it to open source plumbers" - Fabricio
- We talked Mac and three hard core PC guys had recently switched two to the Mini and one to 15" Powerbook and they spoke of the Mac like any enthusiast in the beginning of the nineties
- The future for operators is in low bandwith data like identity management. In services very few will be able to compete.
- The Nokia N90 was really hot and the screen caused multiple WOW's
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" ... The future for operators is in low bandwith data like identity management. In services very few will be able to compete ... "
Huh? You really need to elaborate on this claim. Is the point here that big media brands will somehow circumvent Vodafone, T-Mobile et al via their own MVNOs or is it that the only viable content is user created?
On the face of it this "insight" sounds laughable.
Posted by: Douglass Turner at May 14, 2005 4:14:00 PM
reading through your blog an idea has just struck me.
We're currently staging 'Fierce'.....Europe's largest (and perhaps most controversial) urban contemporary performance arts festival. Based in Birmingham UK from 20th may - 5th June we play host to a range of internationl artistes who perform in theatres, bars, nightclubs, lapdancing clubs, warehouses, street corners...you name it...no space is safe!!!!
We're in the process of developing a consumer genrated media strategy for engaging hard to reach, opinion forming street savvy audiences...as well as starting the hunt for a sponsor for next year's festival to help us raise the profile and take it 'Circ du Soleil' style into Europe and beyond!!!!!!!!
Strikes me that with its high visual content, thought provoking content and multi-venue / location appeal...it would great life-blogging material. My vision would be to get 10 or so people equipped with Nokia lifeblog compatible phones...and then get them to upload their experinces onto the lifeblog...share with others and use as a promotional platform to raise awareness and appeal of the festival and Nokia Lifeblog. We generate pretty hefty regional and national Pr off the back of the festival and work with an international portfolio of cutting edge artistes, ...so I reckon it could be a great opportunity
check out the website: www.fiercetv.co.uk
What do you think?
Director - Fierce
Posted by: Phil White at May 18, 2005 5:46:25 PM
I wanted to speak with you about speaking at Podcast & Portable Media Expo in Southern California in November.
Would you mind giving me a call or emailing me?
Tim Bourquin, President
Podcast & Portable Media Expo
Posted by: Tim Bourquin at May 23, 2005 6:19:46 AM
Could not find a suitable eMail link, and after reading the interview with you on BetaNews I wanted to say thanks for the Nokia UI, it is close to perfection in enabling one handed (almost one thumb) use.
Also, I have one bone to pick that I've been trying to get across to Nokia ever since working with one of your partners some years ago.
A UI feature that has always been missing since the olden days is the ability to use the speed-dial numbers (via long button-press) to fill-in the destination phone number when sending SMS (and MMS etc.) just as you use it to make calls.
Basically this feature should be added to any screen which has the phone number input-field, and allow you to just press & hold the speed dial number which should then be filled in the input field and submitted.
It goes with the Nokia UI spirit which simply does what is most intuitive to your 'muscle memory' rather than involve the cognitive level.
I bet the telcos will also love this feature as it will make SMSing even faster and habit forming and thus allow them more income... :)
Thanks for your work,
Posted by: Tal Rotbart at May 23, 2005 9:27:08 PM
Slightly off topic maybe, but I've been using LifeBlog which is great for moblogging. Moblogging seems to imply very short text messages either aligned with photos or on their own. However, when I get to the PC application, I want to compose longer posts with links. Are more classic blog features planned for updates to LifeBlog?
Do you plan to include RSS reader capabilities into the phone app? It would be helpful to have feeds integrated with a blog composition app. There would be less need to switch between various devices and applications like a browser, rss reader and blog composer.
Now that would be worth paying for. :-) Also, on the N90.... What video recording capabilities does it have? It's frustrating that phones are limited to 15 sec clips when it seems they should only be limited by available storage space.
What video playback formats does the N90 support? If I want to truly use such a device for my mobile lifestyle, then I need to get my daily dose of rss feeds, podcasts, vidcasts with the ability to compose as well.
If I have to carry a camcorder, mp3 recorder and laptop to self publish, I'll never use my phone for these purposes. It's a matter of economics and habit. Why spend $500 to $800 on a phone when it barely adds value to all the other devices that I still have buy to accomplish my goals?
Please, educate me on what I'm missing here. I'm much more interested in consuming user generated content and creating content than receiving the same mass media crapola from MSM producers in a less capable and more expensive channel.
With record labels charging a $2 premium on rights to music delivered OTA to phones it's silly to download music to the phone instead of using an iPod or transfering my music to my phone from the 99 cent iTunes version on my PC.
Will Nokia help us with this? It's a problem. A problem for consumers and an impediment to the purchase of highend devices.
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