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Joi Ito's conversation with the living web.

Moblogs going commercial. Marc and Dave talk about how moblogging should support the MetaWeblog API. I agree. Having said that, I think many carriers will go try to build the whole shooting match on their own. They don't understand the value of the community or the tools. At least in Japan, carriers are very cocky and relatively well funded so I bet they will go it on their own, generally. (Not that I won't try to get them to use open standards.) I think another more interesting target are people who don't have a network of their own. People like digital camera companies, hiptop device companies (Danger and Good), and cell phone companies like Nokia and Sony Ericsson. Anyway, doing a simple moblog is easy. (Posting pictures from a phone.) Making it REALLY interesting is going to be very exciting involving hardware, firmware, embedded software, DSP's, wireless technology, camera technology, identity, voice, privacy, security, GPS, IM and LOTS of other stuff.

Start-up marries blogs and camera phones
Posted: 08/01/2003 at 11:03 GMT

A Dublin-based start-up is to offer software to mobile operators that will enable mobile phone users to create and maintain Weblogs or "blogs" using only their phones.

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If they go their own way:

1. They'll never get any of the current bloggers to use it.

2. They'll miss out on the free promotion that comes from that.

3. All their efforts will be for naught.

My feeling exactly Dave. I will say that just so I can say, "I told you so," but trying to convice BigCo's that they can't do EVERYTHING is a tough thing, as you know.

Anyway, let's get people together and get to work on some stuff with open standards so that when after they figure out that their efforts are for naught, we're ready with a solution. I'm going to start by talking to the hardware guys and seeing if I can convince some of them...

Standards are done. We just have to get you-know-who to swing with the rest of us little assholes. ;->

Screw you-know-who. ;-) Can't we do it without them? I'm going to elevate this to a new entry...