The second edition of The Carnival of the Mobilists was released on Oliver Starr's Mobile Technology blog.
Welcome to the second-ever volume of Carnival of the Mobilists. It is my pleasure to be able to present to you some of the best writing, best writers and some of the leading thinkers in the mobile and mobile technology arena.
Kicking off this week's Carnival is Rudy De Waele who reminds us that while there aren't that many "she-geeks" doing mobile work there are a few and they're great, his post introduces us to a few we may not have met before: Says Rudy "How come? Have to investigate on this further later but as for now I just wanted to introduce you to one of those rare woman in mobile business today: Sabine Allaeys from Minifizz (and she's Belgian ;-)"
Moving along we've got a post that makes you laugh, makes you think, and makes you wonder how dumb the cop had to be to steal the mobile phone of a U.S. Ambassador. If ever you've had a mobile phone go missing and not of its own volition, you can relate to Russell's post on the stupidity of stealing someone's mobile phone says Russell "If you're going to steal a mobile phone, I guess it would be a good idea to make sure that it didn't belong to a high level US diplomat and that it wasn't GPS enabled and thus couldn't be tracked back to you.
But that's precisely what happened to two Bulgarian policemen, according to CNN. U.S. ambassador, John Beyrle, left the mobile by the x-ray machine in Varna Airport. The policemen pocketed it and denied finding it when the ambassador phoned to ask. When the phone was tracked, it was found still in the policeman's pocket. You'll have to click the link to read more.
For those of you interested in the development of independent music for the fourth screen, another post by Rudy De Waele introduces us to MuLiMob which he describes as The MuLiMob Networking Event tries to stimulate discussion between Independent Music Labels and the Mobile Industry in order to support the music and artists you cannot find on commercial radio stations, thereby enhancing multilingual and multicultural diversity You can read more about MuLiMob and Rudy's work in general by paying a visit to the m-trends.org blog.
As Russell said in his introduction to the Carnival of the Mobilists, one of the goals of this exercise is to help expose more readers to the hidden gems of mobile technology blogging. For various reasons, the age of the blog, the prior popularity of the blogger, luck, or dating someone really famous, some bloggers get a lot more attention and thus have a larger following than others. Even those of us that focus on mobile technology with some intensity, there are still many bloggers that we haven't discovered yet.
C. Enrique Oriz is one such blogger whom through accident I hadn't seen before. I'm glad he submitted. His post on Rim's new strategy is an excellent example of thoughtful analysis and reminds me once again how easy it is to miss a big developing trend that has been well documented by press releases but not overtly stated by the usual pundits. You can read this excellent post here: Enrique Ortiz on Rim's New Direction
A blog that should require no introduction is VanGorilla's Pondering Primate Blog. His discussions on mobile marketing and how it should be done could fill a text book. Today he is addressing the squeeze that time-shifting, pop-up blockers, spam killers and the do not call list are putting on advertisers. He suggests yet another way that advertisers might EARN our permission to send us highly relevant, highly targeted messages. He likes the idea that companies can "sponsor" content and that in exchange for getting that content for free consumers will be favorably inclined towards the advertiser that supplied it (providing it is somehow related - I don't think a panty-hose company sponsoring the big game report would be well received and he probably doesn't either) You can read Vangorilla's MMM Mobile Marketing I'm Loving it and see exactly what he means for yourself.
A new blogger, standing in for the under-the-weather Om Malik, Jackson West tackles WiFi, Politics and San Francisco with a skill that makes it clear that while he may be new to us, he's no stranger to the keyboard. This excellent post gives us new insight into the complicated world of Wireless, San Francisco and the undercurrents that determine public policy decisions
I love it when people disagree with me. In fact, a recent post of mine dealing with the future of Mobile Technology yielded far too much agreement! Thankfully Walter Adamson of iMode Strategy disagrees with my belief that Linux will eventually own the mobile OS crown.
Says Walter Reading Oliver Starr's summary of predictions from the Mobile Business Expo 2005, and of "linux cleaning up in the mobile battle" prompts me to submit our post Microsoft's sweet spot in i-mode Microsoft's Sweet Spot where perhaps we beg to differ that Linux will clean up. We have also been very hot on an idea that escaped the Mobile Business Expo, and certainly escapes many European-based observers because of their current advanced position in mobile - that the US will lead the pack in business applications. In fact this links to Oliver's idea that it is about the developer community and 3G in the US. The power of the US developers will lead them to dominate business applications on mobile iMode weekly Newsletter - whatever the operating system
Troy Norcross the blogger that REALLY HATES SPAM reminds us (and the carriers) that it doesn't need to cost a fortune to prevent mobile spam, you just have to build the right relationships and not take the seemingly easy but expensive route to do it
And last but not least, the post of the week, AJ Solon (who needs to learn to put a bio (or at least his NAME) on his blog) has written Positional Alarms a very clever web to world idea about personal relevance tagging based on location. Not that I really want another gonging reminder that adds stress to my already stress filled life, but the concept of very clever and the ideas and understanding of the value of a truly interesting location based service earn him my choice as the most novel post for this week's Carnival.
I want to thank all the bloggers for this submissions we had excellent ideas and posts as well as to thank all the readers, without whom all our blogs would be like trees falling in a forest with no one around...
Oh...two last notes, of my own work, the post I thought was most interesting relates to mobile marketing and a contest I'm having. Read it HERE, and by all means, enter if you have some ideas - secondly, Blog Carnival has created a page announcing the Carnival of the Mobilists. You can see that, and look for an array of other blog carnivals HERE. Thanks for reading.