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How do you find what you want and how do you know it is true?


Posted on 27th October 2008 by Judy Breck in Emerging Online Knowledge, Findability, Mobile Learning, Networks and Open Content


This except is from the draft introduction to the handbook I am writing on findability. Wonderfully, Howard Rheingold seems able always to get to the crux of things:

“All of the world’s knowledge is in the air to be plucked down by our telephone. Of course it’s also all the world’s disinformation, misinformation, spam, porn, Nigerian frauds, urban legends, hoaxes. So how do you find what you want and how do you know that it’s true? Those seem like to me both extremely important questions today . . . .”
Howard Rheingold, interview by Jaap van de Geer, October 2008

As he does so very well, Howard Rheingold went straight to the heart of our global communication morass, in his answer above to a Dutch interviewer. Finding what you want and knowing if it is true are more and more challenging and more and more perplexing as the internet engulfs us in a seemingly chaotic virtual ocean of everything we know and very much of what we do.

Thumbing through index cards in little drawers and sticking our noses into stacks of books to find knowledge and check its truth is very twentieth century. Those old methods cannot reach into the digital-only versions of the latest and most accurate knowledge that is to be found only through a browser window into the new information realm.

The answer to Rheingold’s question is to change both where we look and the way we ascertain truthfulness:

Finding what you want: Look in the full and online ocean, staying clear of digital knowledge that is artificially molded into analog shapes and storage.

Ascertaining what is true: Let the laws and methods of the entirely new medium for human information that govern what happens in the ocean provide you with the most recent, accurate, and in-context truth available on earth. [Hint: start with the network laws.]

The time has come to let a wide range of management principles of the past move aside so we can work toward understanding the new global medium from which all of the world’s knowledge—and junk—can be plucked by the mobile computer in what we are still calling a phone.

Carnival of the Mobiists kudos EURO2008


Posted on 16th June 2008 by Judy Breck in Carnival of the Mobilists

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Holland soccer fan host Mark Hooft sets up the Carnival of the Mobiists tents with this week’s best mobile blogging among colorful carnival images from The World’s Greatest Game! Included is GoldenSwamp’s new goal-setting 3-part policy for moving education into the future

Carnival of the Mobilists features multimedia and global


Posted on 15th April 2008 by Judy Breck in Carnival of the Mobilists

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fun.jpgThe midway for the Carnival of the Mobilists this week is set up this week at MobileJones. Featured posts are a reflection of mobile’s push to data and multimedia in 2008: Handset companies, former handset companies, Internet companies, new entrants and social networking giants are all involved in mash-ups of services. The best mobile blogging is showcased each week at the Carnival.

Included this time is a post last week on SmartMobs: “Can the Cell Phone Help End Global Poverty?” introducing an article from the New York Times Magazine on the travels and intelligence gathering of Nokia’s Jan Chipchase. Carnival host Debi Jones writes for her mobilist audience: “With the ubiquity of the cell phone comes opportunities beyond sales of games and dating applications.”

Carnival of the Mobilists 117 points to “How to cheat on an exam in 2008.”


Posted on 31st March 2008 by Judy Breck in Carnival of the Mobilists

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The Carnival host Jamie Wells who posts at, does a clever take on the GoldenSwamp “How to cheat” bit. Wells writes: Judy at the GoldenSwamp uses an instructional video to make an interesting case against banning mobiles in schools. File this under “Another Reason Why Carbonated Beverages and Education Don’t Mix.”

Carnival of the Mobilists #111


Posted on 19th February 2008 by Judy Breck in Carnival of the Mobilists

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Featuring insights and information from last week’s Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, this week’s Carnival at Vision Mobile includes the recent GoldenSwamp post on putting knowledge on mobiles as key for new generations.

Carnival of Mobilists 94 themed worldwide connected


Posted on 8th October 2007 by Judy Breck in Carnival of the Mobilists

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The Carnival rolled out its midway today at taptology with a vibrant theme: The Worldwide Connected � with topics from web3.0 to free speech, and from Burmese dissent to UFO sightings. The Carnival includes GoldenSwamp’s birthday post remembering Sputnik.

Carnival of the Mobilists #85


Posted on 6th August 2007 by Judy Breck in Carnival of the Mobilists

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Hit the beach scene for this weeks Carnival in its first engagement at Mobile Point View. Carnival goers join some of the best global mobile content, comments and community of opinion influencers surfing the web.

Carnival of the Mobilists #83


Posted on 23rd July 2007 by Judy Breck in Carnival of the Mobilists

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Emerging from the GoldenSwamp is Carnival of the Mobilists 83 in full swing at Hogwarts. The Epilogue in the final Harry Potter book released this week reveals that Hogwarts must prepare for a new generation of young wizards and witches. We don’t have to be clairvoyant to know mobile learning must be a major ingredient of the education brewed for the new generation at the fabled school. Uncertain of how long the Muggles will procrastinate on letting students learn at school from their mobiles, Hogwarts has already waved a wand to bring the mobile magic of open education resources to students.

The Harry Potter Dictionary defines Muggles as non-magic folks, but this week’s winning posts (believed to be written mostly by Muggles) nonetheless have near magical insight into the increasing sleight of the handheld world.

We begin with my favorite Smart Mobs — our Best Post of the Week — because it is by one of my favorite people and reviews my favorite book so far of 2007. The post title is Everything Is Miscellaneous is important. It is worth taking notice when Howard Rheingold tells us a book is important. The emerging understanding of the digital world that this book explains is particularly applicable to mobile — which is the superior tool so far for operating in the miscellany.

In the spirit of mystery and miscellany, there are no categories this week to the posts that follow. Their ideas overlap, mix — and will give you a strong brew of blog smarts when you read them all.

. . . about mobility “The next big thing is Touch,” C. Enrique Ortiz tells us, which “will enable for a new breed of Touch-based applications, effectively adding a new dimension to mobility and the meaning of click-through.”
VisionMobile Andreas Constantinou tells us Flash Lite’s mobile market penetration is second only to Java and why he calls Adobe strategy for reaching 1 billion devices by 2010, a “ghost platform” strategy.
Xellular Identity Google’s new mobile search service, Mendelsohn Xen tells us, “will challenge mobile operators who profit well from mobile content such as ringtones, wallpapers etc.”
WAP Review “The site works fairly well but has some issues” Dennis explains about ING’s recently launched mobile banking site where customers can do some viewing and transferring using their mobile phones.
Little Springs Design Inc. Discussing “More than just a pretty face,” design gurus Barbara Ballard and Mark Wickersham, provide a post packed with specifics on how to do the right things for UX (user experience).
Write To Right Your Business Opportunity In this post “iPhone: A Great Marketing Pitch,” Cade Krueger points at several innovative positives about the Apple iPhone pitch, and explores this “revolutionizing branding.”
What Japan Thinks Ken Y-N, who blogs on “research Japanese facts and figures through translated opinion polls and surveys” takes eight looks at different reasons why: Apple’s iPhone: Japan will love it, Japan will buy it,
TECHYPE Team blogger Radedeas explains why i-mode outside of Japan was inevitably going to fail: i-RIP. His analysis is detailed and useful background to understanding mobile factors in Japan.
Always On Real-Time Access “New Whitepaper: What is your Patent Portfolio Quotient?” by Chetan Sharma is a detailed overview of an area that is undergoing broad discussion and fundamental change as “the global economy has slowly transformed into a vibrant knowledge economy.”
Matt Croydon::Postneo Matt tells us he sees LG making some of the same mistakes that Motorola has made with the RAZR in a provocative post on fashioning, innovating and running into the ground. You will learn a some cons, and pros too, about Sprint PPC-6700 in this Op-Ed by Robert Auch who owns one of the phones and describes his experience with it.

The next Carnival host is Debi Jones at MobileMessaging2.0. We hope to see your entry there or in another Carnival soon. All participants writing about mobile are welcome – you don’t need a special invitation.

To submit a post from your blog send your entry to: More about how to enter and the advantages (traffic!) you get from being in the Carnival here. Once you have had 3 posts included in Carnivals of the Mobilists you qualify to be a host — bringing the best mobile bloggers to your website.
You can also submit your entry through BlogCarnival using their carnival submission form.

iPhone review confirms the future of learning


Posted on 28th June 2007 by Judy Breck in Mobile Learning

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In David Pogue’s New York Times (enthusiastic!) review here of Apple’s new iPhone, two powers of the phone are present and functional that come together to truly make 20th century content delivery obsolete. 1) The phone is robustly wireless. 2) The full Internet can be browsed both on the (too slow AT&T network) to which the iPhone is now limited and wirelessly (very fast) in hot spots. The full Internet aspect has a magnification feature: your screen displays the entire width of webpages, and when you want to look more closely at a portion of the page you magnify it by touching the screen with two fingers, spreading the portion you choose to make it bigger.

There are several other features that will help kids learn if they are lucky enough to own one of these machines that will define education in the future. Of course iPhones cost more than $500 now and schools have not figured out how to use mobile phones in classrooms. Neither of those situations is unsolvable. The tough problems have been whipped in creating the technology that can now elegantly deliver what is known by humankind into the hands of youngsters.

Carnival of the Mobilists 77


Posted on 11th June 2007 by Judy Breck in Carnival of the Mobilists

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Host Zach invites us to: So sit back, take a sip of that coffee, make sure that your calls are forwarded – and enjoy! Carnival 77 on Symbian in Motion. Its a handsome presentation with lots of great blogging about mobile.

Learning should be in this mobile mix


Posted on 12th February 2007 by Judy Breck in Mobile Learning

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The giant 3GSM World Congress is meeting this week in Barcelona, with 60,000+ in attendance to smooze and learn about mobile phones. The overview article in ZDNet here says that an important Congress topic is improved Internet browsing on mobile phones. The education sector should be in this mix to be sure our kids are able to access learning and knowledge through the computers in their pockets. ZDNet says:

Because the show is based in Europe and draws a significant number of attendees and exhibitors from Asia, where mobile technology is typically more advanced than in North America, it often provides a sneak peak at technology and trends that will soon make it to the U.S. market.

Analysts attending this year’s event say there will be several themes dominating the show floor and discussions throughout the congress. “I don’t think that there will be any single theme this year,” said Matt Hatton, a senior analyst for Yankee Group. “But there will be a lot of talk around taking the mobile Internet to the next level, making it a richer experience, and figuring out how to make money from it.”

Mobilizing Web 2.0
A watered-down version of the mobile Internet is no longer acceptable to subscribers, Hatton said. And as a result, operators are trying to figure out ways to make surfing the Net on a handset resemble surfing the Web on a PC as closely as possible. One operator focusing on this issue, U.K.-based Vodafone Group, announced last week as a preview to 3GSM that it has struck deals with social-networking site MySpace and video-sharing site YouTube to add those applications to its handsets.

Carnival of the Mobilists 56


Posted on 9th December 2006 by Judy Breck in Carnival of the Mobilists

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Justin Oberman of MoPocket is the midway barker at this week’s Carnival, which comes into cyberspace from Bangalore where Justin is presenting at a W3C conference.

Carnival of the Mobilists #54


Posted on 20th November 2006 by Judy Breck in Carnival of the Mobilists

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GoldenSwamp is a name for the open Internet, as explained here. We mobilists are all working on delivering the gold from the Internet swamp on to mobiles. welcomes the Carnival of the Mobilists, bringing together the weeks brightest mobile warbling for you to enjoy by clicking the blog posts below.


The future is bright .. The future is 3 . .
Open Gardens: Ajit Jaokar
is in demand as a speaker across the world. This week his Carnival post gives his enthusiastic take on 3s X-Series. Ajit says: Many other respected bloggers . . . concur that it is this is the single most significant digital development in recent times. I agree.

Blyk free, ad-supported mobile phones
Smart Mobs: Howard Rheingold
, author of this post, has been seeing and writing about the digital future since its dawn decades ago. In this post he says a new service may be one answer bridging the digital divide for youth.

Motorolas AJAR set to follow in Nokias S60 footsteps
Vision Mobile
: Follow the thinking here of Andreas Constantinou as he details why AJAR will suffer.

The Indian Wireless Carrier War – What it means for Indian Mobile Startups
SmallDoses: Just back from a 6 week long business trip in Bangalore, India, Kiran Bellubbi shares his thoughts.

Jeff Hawkins secret project is coming next year
Mobile Opportunity: This one is Palms secret Michael Mace writes, with some cryptic hints.

The Ubiquitous Web
StayGoLinks: In this forward looking post, Barry Welford makes this key observation: For many, this ubiquity of connectivity will start from their mobile device since that will be their most frequent companion.

The big world in my pocket
: My own post for the week is based on a Washington Post article. I suggest the mobile in the pocket is a powerful viewer of the bigger world for isolated individuals.

Ancient temple embraces FP codes
Wireless World Japan: Jan Kuczynski explains how technology will put a stop to . . . cheating monks in a Japanese temple. I give this story the weekly best post kudo because Jan is seeing the wider work of mobile and a dash of humor always gets my vote. Congratulations Jan, and I hope you get a better fortune on your next visit to the temple.


Just how many third party applications do you need?
All About Symbian: This detailed musing is a sounding board for reflecting on third party applications in which Steve Litchfield says I’d like to raise up a voice of sanity . . . .

US Wireless Data Market: 3Q06 update
Always On Real-Time Access
: Lots of big and diddly facts here served up by Chetan Sharma.

Performance vs Developer productivity and ease of coding: Why cant we choose both?

Everything and the Mobile Software Universe
: This post by Thomas Menguy is a good read if you think this ever happens to you: It may sound obvious, but many many times programmers take too many things for granted . . .

Podcast: Impact of 3G Licensing Fees on Prices and Network Coverage
Martins Mobile Technology Page
: In this post, Martin Sauter invites you to download a professors podcast commentary.

Changing Times for Mobile e-mail
Mobile Enterprise Weblog
: In this mobile e-mail exploration Daniel Taylor says why: lately I’ve come to assume a different take on things. Right now. Today. The power users are driving the market.

Mogmo, the Google of mobile?
Mobile Games Blog
: Take a Mogmo cruise with Arjan Olsder: on to the real candy. Lets test the games search!

Respond Mobile launches made-for-mobile TV platform
Musings of a Mobile Marketer
: Acknowledging that, We all know that, like it or not, online adult ‘erotic’ content and services led to a lot of innovation and take-up of web services more generally, Helen Keegan takes a look at implications for mobile.

Making Better Use of HTTP Headers for Device Profiling
: At the end of his excellent essay, Jason Delport concludes, Adding custom HTTP headers is a very simple thing to do and it would make a huge difference in terms of creating consistent mass market applications.

Hacking the T-Mobile RazrV3 to Get Opera Mini Working
: Says Sarah Perez, if you really want to get your geek on, you can follow her 16-step hack.

Thoughts on an advertisement-based model for cell phones
: Googles Eric Schmidt foresees a future where cell phones will be given away free to the users, so long as the users dont mind a little advertising. Abhishta Paranjpe mulls and comments.

Identity and mobile
TomSoft, Technology, wireless, games. . . and more
: Thomas Landspurg tells us that Digital Identity will be without any doubt one of the big challenge in the coming months. Why? Because of two important trends . . . .

The 5 dimensions of mobile tagging
unrated mumblings of a mobile entrepreneur
: This weeks noted newcomer to the Carnival is Dennis Hettema, who gives his take on types of tagsexplaining: When using your mobile device you are actually cramming a PC or Mac into your jacket pocket and dragging it along where ever you go. Because of this the mobile space will, logically speaking, provide you with many additional tags. Mobile
Wap Review
: In this post, Dennis takes a look at what he says is the first good, free US mobile traffic site I’ve seen.

Interviewing Savka Andic on Mobile Marketing & Youth
Xellular Identity
: This is an interview by Mendelsohn Xen revealing youth trends and takes on mobile.

The Carnival will be hosted next week by Eli Dickinson at FierceDeveloper.

The Carnival of the Mobilists is coming


Posted on 14th November 2006 by Judy Breck in Carnival of the Mobilists

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It has already arrived at Mobility Weblog, where Carnival 53 is now online hosted by C. Enrique Ortiz. CEO has the best mobile writing of the week set up on his midway. Next week the Carnival is coming here, to GoldenSwamp.

The Carnival of the Mobilists at MobHappy


Posted on 24th October 2006 by Judy Breck in Carnival of the Mobilists

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This week the Carnival is back home where it began a year ago. Check it out here for the week’s best mobile blog writing.