My Mobile Adventures *~*~* presents
“It’s The Geekend!” Volume 1, No. 3
© Copyright 2008 Tink *~*~*
No, Apple Did NOT Invent Mobile Blogging
I have a Google search set up to come into my Google Reader as an RSS feed. The search is simply, “Mobile Blogging”. When I first set it up several months ago, I was probably getting between 1 and 3 hits daily. In the advent of the second coming of iPhone, I am now inundated with blog entries that all start like one of these –
“My iPhone is a mobile blogging tool!”
“Mobile blogging in the iPhone style”
“iPhone apps 4 mobile blogging FTW”
“So I’m trying out the mobile blogging with my new iPhone.”
“I’ve got myself a mobile blogging platform in the iPhone“
“I am posting with my iPhone using the new WordPress app.” “Got the iPhone wordpress app going. Time to start mobile blogging. Yay! More pointless chatter”
“This is kind of neat. Maybe there is an actual use for the iPhone.”
Those last two left me rolling! But, I trust you get the idea.
I’ve been mobile blogging since October 2007. In fact, I set up my Blogger blog specifically for the purpose of mophoblogging (mobile photo blogging) from Walt Disney World. I like to kid myself that the 24 hour post quantity limitation and subsequent captcha control was implemented because of people like me, trying to help the folks stuck home get a Disney fix by literally following me around the parks all day. There were a couple of days when I sent more than 50 photo posts to the blog from my Motorola RIZR.
Now, in the grand scheme of things, mophoblogging since October 2007 – 9 months, give or take – is not very long. It doesn’t exactly make me the elder stateswoman in this arena, or anything like that. However, in this day and age where social media startups happen every day, and when technology is outmoded the minute you purchase it, that’s probably a long time to be doing the same thing using the same services and mostly the same equipment.
These brand-new iPhone 3G owners are acting like they are pioneers of mobile blogging – like it’s some new thing that the iPhone 3G introduced to the world. The fact is, mobile blogging existed well before the iPhone 3G was little more than a rumor. Why, when I was a kid, we had to mobile blog uphill, both ways, in three feet of snow – with a MotoRIZR!
So – iPhone 3G users, hear ye – get over yourselves! Mobile blogging / mophoblogging is not an innovation of the Apple iPhone 3G. You don’t even have a really good camera on that thing with which to do it! Have fun doing it, but know this – Apple didn’t invent it.
Actually, I shouldn’t be yelling at you. One of my very good cyber friends just got an iPhone 3G for her birthday, and I’m happy for her. It’s something she really wanted, and she should play with it in good health! She’s also a very savy social media type and is well aware that mobile blogging has been around for considerably longer than her new toy has. However, judging from the posts of wonderment and amazement coming across the Google Reader from some of the other new iPhone 3G owners, banannie is the exception.
It’s not the typical iPhone 3G owner’s fault that even SOCIAL media can tend to pick up mostly the big boys’ balls and run with them. Just look at how much coverage the 3G got at it’s release. You could not read anything anywhere without bumping into more hype – as in, hyperventilating – about the iPhone 3G. So it is probably the fault of the media, even social media, that many of you knew next to nothing about the existence of mobile blogging until Apple decided to release a 3G device that takes ok photos, AND 400 bazillion 3rd parties decided to make mobile apps for it – amongst which are “mobile blogging apps” for WordPress and Typepad blogs.
FYI: you could ALWAYS mobile blog from a phone that can do email or SMS text messaging. You didn’t need 3G or these “mobile blogging apps” installed on your mobile device. You didn’t even need a smart phone!
So now, when my Google search on “mobile blogging” starts overflowing Reader with messages that contain that phrase alongside the word “iPhone”, I have to laugh. Have fun with your iPhone. Enjoy it! It’s a neat little toy. Not as neat as the N95 (still saving…. stay tuned!), but really cool. But just know that it’s not sliced bread. That loaf was cut long before the iPhone 3G was a twinkle in Steve Jobs eye.
Similar posts: Past issues of “It’s The Geekend!”
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