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Mobile who is your daddy on Carnival of the Mobilists


Posted on 5th January 2009 by Judy Breck in Carnival of the Mobilists


The mobile ball is rolled out for 2009 with our first Carnival of the year, hosted by Helen Keegan at Musings of a Mobile Marketer.’s post about how mobiles don’t know who is your daddy is included in the best mobile blogging of the week.

Kids do not know SEO

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Posted on 31st January 2008 by Judy Breck in Golden Age of Learning

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Yesterday I made a presentation to a group of about 30 gifted teenagers (15-19 year-olds) about opportunities blogging and the burgeoning search engine optimization (SEO) field offered them now and in the future. I explained how they could make money writing blog posts, and that doing so in high school and college was a very effective way to hone their writing talent and build a skill they could use in many ways throughout their lives.

To introduce the SEO discussion, I quoted an email I received this week from a colleague in the open education efforts: “I have been connecting with friends in Silicon Valley that have knowledge of SEO gurus. Given the enormous economic impact of an optimized site, hot SEO people are among the highest compensated folks in the web-industry these days.” The kids were amazed. Only a couple of them had heard of search engine optimization.

I had begun the talk by telling the group that the book in the picture I was projecting on the screen we were looking at was my textbook from 1958, the year I graduated from college. I explained that I have kept the book because in terms of what has happened in biology in the past 50 years, the book is now quite quaint: it does not mention DNA.

For the young people in my audience, SEO is apparently in the same state of obscurity as DNA was when I was their age. In 1958, Crick and Watson had discovered the double helix and the genetic coding method it held for replicating life. Biologists have worked through the half century since to understand the new science of genetics and to implement its powers. In 1958 the huge implications we now know of DNA were barely hinted.

Can it be that the network structures over which search is being optimized as the 21st century method of commerce and communication are discoveries as important as DNA was? I think they are. The challenge for educators is to understand the new network science and to implement its powers for learning.

Using SEO for education means optimizing open education resources (OER) so the search engines can find them when students look for what they want to learn. Just because kids are early adopters of computers, we cannot assume they should have to figure out SEO for learning resources. They don’t yet know what that is, best I can tell.

Carnival of the Mobilists 80 at mobilejones


Posted on 2nd July 2007 by Judy Breck in Carnival of the Mobilists

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The midway is a blue and busy at mobilejones where this week’s Carnival is in full swing. Join the mobile savvy carnival crowd to enjoy this week’s best mobile blogging.

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Posted on 5th June 2007 by Judy Breck in Carnival of the Mobilists

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The seventy-sixth edition of the Carnival is now online at Twofones. Like the one led by seventy-six trombones, this is a great parade — this time of the week’s best blogging about mobiles.

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Posted on 29th May 2007 by Judy Breck in Carnival of the Mobilists

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Vision Mobile has focused its knowledge, passion and innovation in hosting this week’s Carnival here. Wander down the midway for the top ten blog posts of the week about mobile.

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Posted on 22nd May 2007 by Judy Breck in Carnival of the Mobilists

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This week’s Carnival, hosted by Martin Sauter, is up and running at Martin’s Mobile Technology Page. As Martin says, introducing the review blog posts: once again, there are great ideas out there on the future of the mobile Internet.

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Posted on 19th May 2007 by Judy Breck in Carnival of the Mobilists

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Pink, pretty and pithy, the Carnival is now set up by Xen Mendelsohn at Xellular Identity. Drop by to enjoy this week’s mobile blogging at its best.

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Posted on 16th May 2007 by Judy Breck in Carnival of the Mobilists

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The Carnival is in town and open at Steve Litchfield’s 3-Lib. Drop by to read the best blog posts of the week — and to find out how and when Steve’s website received its “slightly odd” name.

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Posted on 30th April 2007 by Judy Breck in Carnival of the Mobilists

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The Carnival is online now at Silicon Valley Himalayan Expedition. Dorrian Porter has done an masterful job of reviewing this week’s best mobile blogging.

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Posted on 28th April 2007 by Judy Breck in Mobile & Ubiquitous

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Michael Mace has organized a terrific line up of blogging about mobile, hosted on his Mobile Opportunity this week.

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Posted on 16th April 2007 by Judy Breck in Carnival of the Mobilists

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This week’s Carnival is now online here at Mobile Marketing & Spam. The week’s best blogging about mobile phones — tech, biz, and more — awaits you there.

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Posted on 9th April 2007 by Judy Breck in Carnival of the Mobilists

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The Carnival is now online at Always On Real-Time Access — for which its initials AORTA are fraught with meaning. Check out the Carnival to see how AORTA describes our times.

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Posted on 19th March 2007 by Judy Breck in Carnival of the Mobilists

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Greetings from New York City — where our biggest and best Carnival is Coney Island, called “the playground of the world” since the early 1800s. The Wonder Wheel image used in this Carnival of the Mobilists is from Wired New York.

The reins for administration of Carnival of the Mobilists have been handed to me – Judy Breck, keeper of GoldenSwamp — with the continuing leadership back-up of Russell, Carlo and Rudy. I need your help to keep us rolling well. There are 2 key boosts that would be much appreciated:

First, as we make the transition, please enter your best posts to be reviewed by future hosts for upcoming Carnivals. Next week Dennis at Wap Review has agreed to host the Carnival. Send your entries before Friday midnight PST to mobilists AT googlemail DOT com. Details on how to submit a post is on the Carnival website here. Second, the future host schedule needs filling up. To qualify as a host you need to have entered a post at least 3 times. If you qualify PLEASE BE A HOST. To sign up, email me with your available dates at jbreck AT nyc DOT rr DOT com.

2007 is shaping up as a pivotal year for mobile. The Carnival of the Mobilists is a unique opportunity for us to be heard and have impact. I am honored to be a part of it and look forward to the ride with you as mobile emerges!


My Strands Social Player
Rudy De Waele brings you a video demo of the new Social Player. It plays music on your mobile and uses the songs as a format for organizing your music and your old and new friends. You’ll get an extra plus reading this post if you like to listen to David Bowie.

Open Gardens
Mobile Social software and (multiple) community affiliations?
This post is an interesting sojourn into the thinking of Ajit Jaokar. I recommend it. You will find yourself pondering your possible multiple identities and tribes. I did, and felt the richer for it.

C. Enrique Ortiz Mobility Weblog
The Mobile Handset – A Social Artifact
This worth a read quickie post tells us the why the mobile handset is first and foremost a social artifact.


All About Symbian
The Nokia N800 and Semi-Convergence
Krisse makes a sharp comparison here between convergence and a Swiss Army knife — and writes an informative essay about some devices.

Mobile Observations
How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb
Jason Delport’s musing by a self-labeled small development house raise some troubling questions about how well the mobile specifications are brought along. There is a positive ending though to these ruminations.

Vision Mobile – this week’s Winning Post
Rethinking application environments
You don’t want to miss Andreas Constantinou’s diagram in this post. It gives you a visualization of the extent of customization allowed by application environments.


Anjum’s Web
Net neutrality and mobile networks
There are some very important issues raised here by Farooq Anjum that we of the wireless world need to know and stay on top of. Read and be wary.

Wap Review
Mobile Meme Trackers
Memes gone mobile is a capture method for emerging ideas. This post introduces leading mobile meme trackers and gives you background.


Idlemode: Voices for a Better Mobile Experience
Mobile Presence: The Essential Attributes
Having warmed up on a previous post about Twitter, Jared Benson provides a quick list of 10 go-to attributes for an effective mobile presence system

MEX – the strategy forum for mobile user experience
Where is the colour in the monochrome mobile industry?
This post is a round-up from Marek Pawlowski of great downloads, including his PNM’s own, of great downloads on mobile user experience.
Olly & The Guru, Ep. 5 – Conspiracy Theory
Future scenarios for ads — phone power plays — WiMax and hotspot predictions. If you mull such things, Ricky Cadden will give you a good mental ride here.

Smart Dreaming: smartphone industry commentary
Why the iPhone’s UI won’t scale
Packed with perceptive criticism and suggestions, this post by Malcolm Lithgow is strong schooling inspired by perceived iPhone UI weaknesses.

Xellular Identitiy
Tell Me Where You Are with Your Ringback Tone!
Xen Mendelsohn relays a story about a special ring back tone being used in India to indicate where the caller is. Read about yet another potential emerging for mobile location talents.

Mobile communication is revolutionizing economic and social development in rural India
This post by Gerrit Visser leads to a press release that provides an excellent description of how mobile is what is happening in rural India.

Security on Campus’s SMS petition to help make colleges safer
Assuring student safety is becoming a promising role for mobile phones on the campuses of higher education, as Justin Oberman explains in this post.

After-school program in their pockets
In my own post I put in a plug for diverting just a bit of the avalanches of money spent on after-school programs into sending learning content into the mobile phones in kids’ pockets.

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Posted on 12th March 2007 by Judy Breck in Carnival of the Mobilists

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This week’s Carnival is hosted by Rudy De Waele at As Rudy mentioned, here at GoldenSwamp I am now coordinating the hosting of future Carnivals. I look forward to being in touch with the bloggers who are telling the world about the transition of communication to mobile devices. This is Rudy’s announcement:

Next week Judy Breck has agreed to host the next Carnival. Send your entries before Friday midnight PST to mobilists AT googlemail DOT com. For detailed instructions and archives about the Carnival of the Mobilists, please visit the website.

We are also launching a new round of hosts for future Carnivals. Being a host normally gets you a nice boost in traffic and is a great way to showcase your blog or website to a wider audience. Drop a line to Judy – jbreck AT nyc DOT rr DOT com – and tell her when you CAN’T do one between now and summer. You must have entered the Carnival 3 times to host, but everyone is welcome – new and seasoned veterans alike. What are you waiting for?

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Posted on 2nd March 2007 by Judy Breck in Carnival of the Mobilists

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See it online now at Software Everywhere—David Beers on Mobile Computing. The Carnival parades the best blog writing of the week from the mobile computer midway.