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Saturday, July 08, 2006

Who's Next Going Mobile?

In my quest of learning about weblogs & blogging through searching & reading a multitude of blogs and combing through other bloggers blog rolls & links on their weblogs, I kept reading about the mobile future. & are 2 blogs that are interesting & educational, along with are nice examples. The word mobile keeps coming up all over the blogosphere (universe of blogs). The Who's great album Who's Next with the song Going Mobile came to my mind. Pete Townsend has a site here also I found which is interesting. Just reached over & grabbed the Compact Disc off the shelf. The edition I own has extra cuts & alternate versions on it. In 1971, after buying the album and looking at the album's front cover a message is sent loud & clear to the "establishment". To me, the cover is analogous to what "going mobile" is going to mean to today's establishment, which is made up of the generation that bought and listened to that album. Gotta say it, "My Generation". Going mobile is happening right know. Everyone has a cell phone. The mobile web on that phone, fast & cost effective is a huge opportunity for everyone, not just the established traditional deliverers of media. People own more cell phones than personal computers. Everyone likes portability & ease of use. User-Friendliness. These factors cut across the age spectrum. I have always said, if it performs like a remote control, we will come. And I don't mean those remote controls with a learning curve. The ones with 1 million buttons so small you push the wrong one by mistake and the closed-captioning appears on the TV screen, and a thick owner's manual that is not easily understood, plus the prints small & whoever translated the manual into English didn't proof-read the final result. Know what I'm talking about? It's easier to get up and walk towards the TV to adjust the volume and change the channel. A lot of us still have issues with programming the VCR. Of course, I being a little facetious here. When the mobile web takes off, and it's just a matter of time, Tim Berners-Lee's world wide web creation will even further insert itself into the fabric of everyone's life. It will be easy. Of course, credit goes out to the hundreds of thousands of entrepreneurs who are brainstorming, starting companies, acquiring capital and risking, spending hours upon hours driven to reach their personal goals, taking their ideas and getting out there & making it happen. We as consumers purchase & use the finalized product. Too often we forget it came from one idea. The story behind the idea from the horse's mouth is what's inspiring and these stories can help everyone meet their own personal life challenges. It's great when you can read these inventor's blogs and get into their mindset. Try to read those company blogs if you visit their websites.
I found a great free mobile website called WinkSite Upon registering, one can create a mobile space for free. This blog post is already too long, so check the site out if the mobile future is of interest to you. To wrap up & quote The Who from a lyric at the end of "Won't Get Fooled Again" on Who's Next. "Meet the new boss, same as the old boss". In Web 2.0, 3.0 & up, the consumer is the boss & they drive change & communications even faster than before. Whether they become like the old boss remains to be seen. uaw