Citizen Media Watch

oktober 23rd, 2008 brings citizens' voices to established media

Posted by Lotta Holmstrom, a lifestreaming/commentary/microblogging service in video format currently in beta, is becoming a popular tool for bringing people’s opinion to established media sites. The site’s built on really short video clips (12 seconds, duh!) recorded by webcams or cellphones. Quick and simple ways to publish oneself, and the time restriction takes away some of the prestige.

Today the BBC is collaborating with the site by sponsoring the feature called ”the 12second challenge”, a daily question that users reply to. Users get to reply to the question ”Economic downturn – how bad can it get? Give some examples.” The replies may then appear on BBC TV.

Further, today announced to its users plans to involve them in extensive coverage of the US election day.

In an email to the service’s users, the 12seconds team writes:

Citizen Journalism is pretty important for the health of a democracy. For this reason, we’re going to put a lot of effort into Election Day. Where appropriate (and legal) we’d like 12ers covering reactions, parties, exit polls and emotions on November 4th all over the world. We’re assembling a team of people and will feature their content on Election Day.

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november 24th, 2007

Per Mosseby: The mobile revolution is happening – but not here

Posted by Lotta Holmstrom

The first iPhone slide!

Per MossebyPer Mosseby of Pixbox says at Hubbub 07 he thinks the developing countries is where the mobile revolution will truly happen.
When mobile applications have been developed, the laptop is better than the cellphone in all aspects of the services that were going mobile. That is however changing, Per Mosseby says.
– Things are really starting to happen. The iPhone is a small revolution in this field. This means that everyone has to think about mobility.
– In my eyes it all comes back to what I think is going to be the big revolution in the mobile space.
When the bottom of the pyramid population can afford cellphones – all these 4 billion people who don’t have a digital identity – there’s going to be a lot of turnover.
– They do not have an alternative device to go back to.

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november 24th, 2007

David Haddad on the convergence of positioning technologies

Posted by Lotta Holmstrom

David HaddadDavid Haddad of Spontu works with social networking on the mobile. Since Hubbub is all about convergence, he focuses on the convergence of positioning, connectivity and powerful mobiles.
He shares some lessons learnt:

  • Be intellectually honest about your motivation. Solve a real human social inefficiency.
  • Choose a technology that works, with an eye on the future.
  • Don’t compete, but rather build on other players. There’s a good basis available to build upon.
  • Build something that’s good enough today. It needs to solve a real problem.
  • Social networking needs to be all-inclusive, and work for everyone. Follow the least common denominator approach when finding your target audience.

– Execute a killer product strategy, don’t plan a killer app, David Haddad says.

He then answers three questions.
How will the mobile look like in the future, i e in four years?
– The Nokia N95 is targeted for the early adopters. Down in four years time, the phone that’s going to be in everyone’s hands is going to be similar to what you have now. The N95 is a good indicator.

How will social networking look in the future?
– If everyone in this room has an N95, how will that affect my experience with for instance Facebook? There are three things that differ from our current experience.
– The social networking will become concurrent, cirkumstantial and fundamentally socially impactful.

David Haddad thinks the adding of friends on social network sites will be automatic, by for instance bluetooth. News feeds will be more realtime.
Like Jaiku! : )

What can we do today to change the social networking environment?

  • Pick your development environment.
  • Choose your method of connectivity.
  • How do you want to position users? There are many different technologies.
  • How will you make money? Find a business model.
  • Who are you going to partner with?

He believes in combined solutions for web and mobile units.

In the q&a a few interesting issues, including privacy and more on killer product strategies came up, but unfortunately there were network problems… and I didn’t catch much. I’m sure others have more, though.

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november 18th, 2007

Hubbub – a half day conference with a mobile focus

Posted by Lotta Holmstrom

Hubbub 07

Update 2007-11-24: Four more speakers added!

Next Saturday afternoon the nice guys and gals at Nustart will host another conference at Nymble at KTH in Stockholm. The last one, Hej!2007, was a great success, and I am looking forward to Saturday when Hubbub07 takes place.
The focus this time is on fixed to mobile applications in web, voice and IPTV. The six ten speakers represent four interesting companies in this field:

  • Sorosh Tavakoli, Founder of VideoPlaza, will talk about online video advertising
  • Trond Bugge, serial entrepreneur and founder/CEO of Super Local Media, will evaluate the importance of mobile location-based access to information at a global level
  • Henrik Thomé, entrepreneur and CEO of Sonetel, will talk about ”Open source, globalization and Internet technology gives super-powers to the customer-focused IT-entrepreneur. Why have staff? Why have infrastructure?”
  • David Haddad, co-founder of Spontu, will talk about convergence of positioning technologies – mobile internet, smartphones and social networking.
  • Peter Arvai, VP of Product Development at Mobispine, will talk about mobile internet challenges for both operators and content providers
  • Patrick Broman, software architect at Mobile Sorcery, will talk about catalyzing the mobile revolution
  • Niklas Tyllström, CEO and Co-founder of Green hat People, will speak about the timing of convergence.
  • Hjalmar Winbladh, CEO and Founder of Rebtel, who is challenging the telecom giants.
  • Per Mosseby, CEO of Pixbox, will speak about ”why the preferred mobile Internet device among the wealthy will continue to be the laptop computer, and why the smaller-than-subnotebook-revolution is happening – in developing countries”.
  • Per Leine, CEO of Extransit

One of the things I really liked about Hej!2007 was that live blogging and use of backchannels were encouraged and made use of during the day. This is also the case at Hubbub07. Here you can follow the event:

Jaiku Onelinr Flickr

They are all visible on the live Hubbub site. There you can also find live blogs. I will be blogging live here at Citizen Media Watch, so check back during the event!

Encouraging live coverage and backchannel feedback might seem obvious, but far too often it’s an aspect that organizers put way too little effort in facilitating for the audience. Even at the recent SIME event, the backchannels were as far as I understand not official SIME backchannels and the feedback was not used on stage. Unfortunately I could not attend SIME this year, but Joakim Jardenberg’s thread on Jaiku addresses this and other issues.

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november 1st, 2007

Stefan Waldeck on Yahoo's mobile services

Posted by Lotta Holmstrom

Stefan Waldeck

Stefan Waldeck, Yahoo, talks about mobile marketing and search marketing at Daytona Sessions.

Self expression, social networks, and new technologies are the new trends. In the cellphone all of this comes together, he says.
– The cellphone is with you 100% of your waking hours. Plus it has a higher penetration than computers.
When you move from 2G to 3G you start using photo and video a lot more.

Yahoo!Go is a small java applet which lets the user access email, flickr, search and more. It will be in 200 cellphone models at the end of the year.
– It is very easy to use on a small screen.
There’s also an RSS reader integrated.
– We haven’t tried to copy what we do on the internet, but do a special solution for the cellphone.

Mobile seach is based on need and boredom, which translates into people wanting usefull information and games.
Search ads on mobile phones are more sensitive to appearing in the top part of the screen, since people don’t scroll much.
But click through rates are much higher than on the web.

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