I've been meaning to try to aggressively blog with my new phone and Justin's article and his phrase "moblog" pushed me over the edge. My guys set up this "moblog" for me. It's still a test site, but you get the idea...

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This is fascinating. Gotta watch that jack Daniels guess... so you just shoot with your phone and it automatically uploads it to the web moblog? cool!

Great!

If the format you're going for is centered around pictures i would suggest a format with 15-20 pictures per screen with the text underneath each.
that would you have most of a day in one view.

I've been waiting to give you the same 'photo album' advice that Thomas just gave you. I also can;t wait for this sort of stuff to be rendered inside our WebOutliner tool! Also you need to attach some text annotation to these hots - so we know who, what, when, where, why kind of things.

And finally as I say in my post - where's the Tatsuta-Age? I love that stuff, and there's only one place in SF I can find it at - in Japantown - and it's real expensive!
And make sure to have some Shabu-Shabu soon!

Thanks for the feedback everyone. I'm using my p504iS phone which has email and two camera. I choose camera on the menu, point, click-shoot, push another button to bring up mail, scroll through my address book and select. One more button to send. Very fast. I could enter more text, but that's a whole other level of interaction. ;-) Much easier just to take pictures when you're sipping Jack Daniels and playing Grand Theft Auto III.

I agree about the format. I will try to mess with it more today.

I didn't eat tatsuta-age yesterday, but I ate it the day before I think. ;-0 I will upload my meals more. For you Marc...


Marc,

"Photo album" was the exact word i was looking for ;)

It's interesting what the "content format" for mobile blogs will be.
What's the overall structure and organization that will be the base all the unique designs are inspired by.?

Great with the new design.

Could i suggest:
- having a title for each picture that gives some context for the photo
- having a header with date seperating each day, only making it necessary to have the time on each photo

Idea:
I sense that it would be beneficial to have the content from one's mblog in a vertical sidebar on one's main weblog. somewhat the same concept as the guestblog on boingboing.
An idea?

Or the issue in a more general context:

How does one combine a weblog and a mobile blog?
Should one try to integrate them or do the two formats not mix well together?
What's the optimal format for a mobile blog?

Those are good questions. My blog top page is already too busy so I thought a row of pictures on another bar on the right would be too much. My last note links to a picture in my moblog... My blog is set up to show the last picture taken on the top, which I think is a good "state" indicator...

What do you think Thomas? Should they be integrated more?

I'd vote for not integrating too tightly. They feel like different mediums of expression to me. Need to think more about why that is, but it's a strong feeling.

A couple of thoughts...

Stories/Context
- what i as a reader lack from your experiment is the story and context behind the picture. what's going on, why the picture. everything that i normally get from a blog.

Audience/Value
It's off course all about the audience and value. It seems that a mobile blog in the current format would have a much smaller audience - ie. the people who can gain value from a picture and a title - friends, loved ones, colleagues, etc.
In that regard the crossposting you're doing on your main blog of posts with wider audience (woz, marc canter, etc.) is a good concept.

So in the end the discussion perhaps is more about private blogs or different blogs for different segments.

And that the mobile blogging meme is just about the ultimate creation enviroment directly in the context of the situation with pictures, video and text, but not a format in itself.

One other point is the reader enviroment - are mobile blogs build to be read through a mobile device continiously throughout the day?

But please do keep on experimenting for the rest of us!

I think the question to ask is what are some of the unique benefits of publishing an image or thought instanteously on the web through a mobile device (timeliness, ease, etc) and then to design a system that allows you to take advantage of those benefits.

Whether or not to integrate a "moblog" entry into your current blog format should probably depend on the content of your entry. If you're on the road and you see something really important that you think readers should SEE NOW, then it would be a good idea to have that moblog entry appear on the front page near the top and differentiated from the rest of your site by some design element (i.e. color of the text, background or heading etc.) If, on the other hand, you simply want to document something interesting that is not necessarily time-critical then those entries could just be folded in with your other blog entries (but also differentiated by a design element). If you're on the road and decide to occupy some idle time by snapping photos and don't think they're that critical for your audience to see upfront, then those entries might appear on a different page that a reader can get to through a link on your main page. Perhaps a link should appear next to each date allowing a more involved reader to know what else you were up to that day. So ultimately, I think the location of entries should depend on content and designing a system that allows you a number of choices as to where that content should go would probably be best.

I think the question to ask is what are some of the unique benefits of publishing an image or thought instanteously on the web through a mobile device (timeliness, ease, etc) and then to design a system that allows you to take advantage of those benefits.

Whether or not to integrate a "moblog" entry into your current blog format should probably depend on the content of your entry. If you're on the road and you see something really important that you think readers should SEE NOW, then it would be a good idea to have that moblog entry appear on the front page near the top and differentiated from the rest of your site by some design element (i.e. color of the text, background or heading etc.) If, on the other hand, you simply want to document something interesting that is not necessarily time-critical then those entries could just be folded in with your other blog entries (but also differentiated by a design element). If you're on the road and decide to occupy some idle time by snapping photos and don't think they're that critical for your audience to see upfront, then those entries might appear on a different page that a reader can get to through a link on your main page. Perhaps a link should appear next to each date allowing a more involved reader to know what else you were up to that day. So ultimately, I think the location of entries should depend on content and designing a system that allows you a number of choices as to where that content should go would probably be best.

I've been searching for the past few months for a way to post to my Movable Type blog via my J-Phone (especially photos). How exactly are you posting, if you don't mind me asking? Sounds like you're using a custom-built tool? Heard of anything that will wed a J-Phone and MT in matrimonial bliss?

(Noticed you came to Nagano recently. Hope you enjoyed your visit. Free voice and high-powered WiFi? I'm intrigued.)

Sen in our office is finalizing the code which is written in Python. We will open it up soon and you can use it.

May Woo. Good thoughts. I agree. I guess we need to make the upload method a bit more sophisticated than the way we have it now so we can tag posts into different categories.

Thomas. Yup. Cross posting is probably the right thing to do for the "body" after I've posted. I can do that when I get in front of a computer...

Btw, just so you know...Vodaphone in the UK already has a "save to gallery" option for their MMS phones so that anyone can have a "moblog" of images sent from their phone. Right now it only allows you to post photos (just like Joi's system) but I imagine more sophisticated text and photo options will follow shortly.

http://vodafonegallery.com/demonstration/

Also, your posting on enterprise moblogging was very interesting! I used to be an architect and worked on the development of the Microsoft campus in Silicon Valley many years ago. We had a webcam set up on the construction site so that all of us at the office could see how the buildings were progressing from the website we set up for the project. (I think updated images appeared on the site every hour) But I know that a moblog would have definitely been helpful to facilitate communication about more specific issues not only between us and the contractor but also the landscape architects, structural engineers, mechanical engineers, interior designers, etc....all of us in different offices. Video would not have been very helpful. But a high res camera capable of capturing detail and accurate color would have definitely been.

(I just saw 'post a comment' below, duh)

You guys should check out EachDay.net, it is a moblog of sorts, and it adresses many points in this discussion. There are parts that I would improve, but it is a very robust start.

site:
eachday.net
sample:
sample account

how do you do?
i have a question for you. i'm indonesian and have p504is from japan. but our mobile provider don't know how to set up my phone. can you give me information? couse i don't have manual to do that. thanks

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