A Moblog, defined

An important part of the blogosphere, moblogging enables bloggers to blog whilst away from their computer through handheld devices, such as cellphones, PDA’s and multimedia devices. Typically, the image and text is sent by email from the handheld device to a server which automatically posts it to the aforementioned blog.

From Wikipedia’s entry on Moblogs.

Moblog is a blend of the words mobile and weblog. A mobile weblog, or moblog, consists of content posted to the Internet from a mobile or portable device, such as a cellular phone or PDA. Moblogs generally involve technology which allows publishing from a mobile device.

Much of the earliest development of moblogs occurred in Japan, among the first countries in the world where camera phones (portable phones with built-in cameras) were widely commercially available.

According to Joi Ito‘s History of Moblogs, the first post to the web from a mobile user was from Steve Mann in 1995. He used a wearable computer, a more elaborate predecessor to modern moblogging devices. The first post to the Internet from an ordinary mobile device is believed to be by Tom Vilmer Paamand in Denmark in May 2000.

The term “moblogging” itself was coined by Adam Greenfield to describe the practice in 2002. He went on to organise the First International Moblogging Conference (or 1IMC) in July 2003 in Tokyo, with the help of Paul Baron, Gen Kanai, Carsten Schwesig and Steve Graff. Less known about is the First International Love Hotel Moblogging Conference that took place a day before the real 1IMC event.

The term is sometimes pronounced with the emphasis on the first syllable – MOBlog – out of affinity with the ideas about social self-organization developed in Howard Rheingold‘s “Smart Mobs”.

Weblogs made from portable devices are also sometimes known as cyborgLogs, abbreviated as ‘glogs, especially when primarily image-based.

Illicit and taboo activities have proven popularity in some early Moblog experiments, while family-oriented moblogs may be soon implementing advanced filter controls. See Drewing for more information about the delinquency publishing fad.

In 2004, Singapore launched a National Day Moblog on National Day. Apparently, it is the first national moblog in the world.

With the advent of video cell phones, Citizen Journalists who capture newsworthy video footage can now announce it to news broadcasters instantly. The arrival of phones such as the Nokia N90 allows, for the first time, video recording capability at near-VHS quality in a mass market handset (see also Vlogs). Unlike a conventional DV camera, videos can be uploaded over the air directly onto the web for reviewing, editing and publishing giving broadcasters and their viewers speedy access to video of news events.

Early on in moblogging users sent their media to a moblog server via MMS or email. Recently software has become available which allows people to have the same rich experience they had while blogging from their PC.

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