YOU MAY HAVE BEEN LOOKING FOR THE NEW BOOK BY TOMI T. AHONEN, author of Communities Domnate Brands:THE NEW BOOK is here: Tomi Ahonen Almanac 2009
First a note about mobilists getting together. I have not been asked to mention anything this week on the subject but there may be a mini mobilist meet-up soon anyway. When I sent an email to Justin at MOpocket about his Carnival entry he discovered from my contact info that we live only one block away from each other on the Upper East Side of Manhattan. Just what are the chances of THAT in our global mobilist network? MOpocket: Justin Oberman, my newly discovered neighbor, for this week’s Carnival provides a fun story about how a famed magician foiled a robbery with his cell phone playing a role. And now the stroll. Looking first into the applications tent: Wap Review: Dennis, a keen judge of mobile services, describes a new site he has found called, news4mobile that is a mobile portal with a social ranking system. He thinks news4mobile has the potential to become a very big thing because of an innovative ranking aspect that incorporates tags and credits the person who first linked to a listed site. m-trends.org: Rudy de Waele says why an interesting approach is Singmedia’s Slingbox that lets you watch and control your TV anywhere. Rudy says it’s clear there is a whole new take to the Slingbox, and that’s going to be (more) user-driven! Marketing wizards: Mobile Marketing Magazine: David Murphy, whose expertise is ideas that stimulate markets, writes about creating coveted “mobi-tickets.” David looks at mobile ticketing and couponing provided by Mobiqa, which is sending “mobi-tickets” to lucky winners. Fans receive their tickets as an SMS message. Mobile Opportunity: Michael Mace explores the value of predictions: why five year predictions are moderately useful, but subject to embarrassing errors. Ten-year predictions are almost useless, and twenty-year predictions are best used as plot outlines for science fiction novels. Xellular Identity: Xen introduces Tal Dagan, the Manager of the Avatars Group, who writes about the RAZR marketing story: Although at the beginning of the RAZR, over two plus years ago, it started as just another cool device, its incredible success actually caused Motorola to shift its strategic marketing focus. Phone booths: Martin’s Mobile Technology Page: Martin Sauter asks, and gives some answers to: What can we learn from a Japanese FOMA phone? Martin sets out eight interesting features of comparison. FeetUp.org: Jim Hughes shares his thoughts about whether Nokia have too many smartphone models, or whether they’re merely responding to market demands. He compares a possible Nokia glut to Motorola’s apparent reliance on “one comfy old slipper of a feature phone.” Software savants: MOBHAPPY.com: Russell Buckley’s looks at where ‘Java Platform, Micro Edition’ as we must now call it, or J2ME as it used to be known, is actually going. Russell’s analysis is a timely topic as Jonathan Schwartz, the famous blogging COO of Sun Microsystems, steps up to take over the big job from Scott McNealy. Software Everywhere – David Beers on Mobile Computing: Welcome to David, new on the Carnival. His premier post in Carnival 25 is about how Palm is turning to the server side. Sketchers on the broad canvas Communities Dominate Brands: Tomi T. Ahonen writes about the near future when the majority of internet access will be from mobile phones - how will that change the web. His post title is the same as that of his terrific new book, written with Alan Moore, on Business and Marketing Challenges for the 21st Century. C. Enrique Ortiz’ Mobility Weblog: Enrique writes on this aspect of the mobile life: “While the management of information (overload) is a very interesting area of research, the right answer to information overload may not be based on technology at all, but on personal discipline — learn when to be connected and when not be so connected…” GoldenSwamp.com: Judy Breck. This is my entry called the MOBILIST CHALLENGE. Based on my article this month in the Development Gateway, this post challenges us all to form and maintain the mobile medium as an unimpeded global gateway for learners. SmartMobs.com: Howard Rheingold, in a post titled Save the Internet, gives us a primer for how to support network neutrality through savetheinternet.com. Howard says: Join, sign, spread the word.