When Molly Kennedy started talking to her journalism and design students at an Italian University about publishing on the Internet, they weren't all that interested. “The Internet isn't for Italians,” they said, “It's an English thing.” This was before they tried out “moblogging”, or mobile blogging – a process of regularly updating a personal or community website with photographs from your mobile phone.
Mie Kennedy was really surprised at the popularity of her moblog when she started posting. Kokochi.com is an intimate personal moblog where Kennedy talks about daily events, travel, the people she meets and her observances from life in San Francisco. According to Kennedy, the interesting thing about moblogging is that “this gets interesting when it gets mundane” so that the reader becomes facinated by the intimacy of a person's posts. Mie's picture of her in the new hat that she bought in Austin and the cute baby she saw at sxsw keep readers coming back again and again.
The moderator, Adam Greenfield, made the comment that he was surprised at how little people tried to distinguish their sites by a clear sense of place. Rather, the most successful sites are where people talk about day-to-day with scenes of urban life that could be shot from anywhere – anywhere in the North at least.
An interesting application that I hadn't heard about is something called WinkSite http://winksite.com/site/index.cfm which enables users to sidestep the Internet by publishing from phone to phone. I've just set up an account here and am really excited about playing around with this new tool – it looks as though there would be some really great applications for South Africa where mobile use extends to poorer populations – and, what's more, you get to choose a cc license when you design your site.
HipTop Nation is another cool community moblog site with its own basic rules –