Posts Tagged ‘wap’

IRL: In Real Life

May 14, 2009

Way back in the beginning of internet time, when AOL saturated the country with software discs, a lesson was learned by many of the early adopters–you could kind of become almost anyone and hide behind your keyboard.


Makes a nice coaster

Makes a nice coaster

I started thinking about this a couple of days ago when first I was reading about the squad the goes through all of the video and pictures posted on Facebook each day to make sure there is no porn or other objectionable material–that would cut into profits.  Then on Tuesday night I was out with two friends and we go to talking about Facebook–and I was reminded of this clip from a few years ago-when Facebook becomes real.

I dug that clip out this morning and posted it to my FB page.  Feel free to friend me up if we are not friends there yet.

Now that FB clip is not unlike a more recent item about Twittering in real life from our pals at College humor.

Of course, if you are not following me on Twitter feel free to jump in there as well.

The reason for all this nostalgia though is real.  Because you can’t hide behind the keyboard any longer.  All of what we put out into the world-cyber and IRL is out there and searchable and you can be held accountable for it.  So much like what you put in email, if you don’t want it on the front page of the New York Times-don’t put it on the internet.

You think these guys really thoguht they would be fired? Probably not, but still they put it out there and paid the price.

And there are more cases–like getting fired for a 140 character Tweet even just being critical can get you in trouble .

So yeah, its great to have the freedom to self publish on a blog like this one, or on Twitter, plurk or anywhere else.  But it comes with the responsibility to self moderate-or face the consequences because no matter what we do, we are IRL.

Convergence-and is it Game, Set Match

March 4, 2009

So I have to thank Howard Lindzon for pointing out a great write-through on the state of the media today-and why TV may have lost the battle for eyeballs with interactive (read here computer and mobile) media.  I encourage you to read Paul Graham’s insight, its an interesting take.

Since I am a TV guy by training, and one of the job skills I use to sell my self with is an ability to boil things down–let me save you some time.

It comes down to accessibility of the platform and socialization.  On line and on mobile its an open canvas and we can all join in.

Mr. Graham (whom I have never met) continues that networks (which is where I work) have been slow to respond-and while that may be the case in the past-I do not think that is the case today. My network has a site dedicated to on-line viewing of shows and an iPhone app that carries that content.

I am actively working to bridge the gap between local and network–to allow for synchronicity.  Is it coming slower than it should? Probably.  But its happening–and at the end its a good thing.

So yeah–we’ll still have appointment viewing.  There will be an Evening News at 6:30 (or something like that) but it won’t be the only way its available.  In the case of CBS News–that 6:30 Evening News cast is available every night online, on MobilTV (Sprint) and on MediaFlo TV. 

Its small steps, yeah. But we are moving in the direction of accessibility, and in the end, thats a good thing.

So, it worked

January 21, 2009

Wanted to share a blog I posted to  Overall, I think the use of CBS Eye Mobile in inagural coverage was a success–baby steps.  Not sure what is next, but I think we can build on these successes.

Fighting to Be Heard

January 20, 2009

Certainly it was not unexpected.  Put millions into a confined area-like the Mall in Washington, DC and it will stress the mobile bandwidth that we have all become reliant upon.  While the network certainly did bend, I don’t think it broke.

While I was not out on the plaza, I am making that assessment based on watching Twitter, CBS Eye Mobile, Facebook and other sites-where users were posting their updates from the crowd on the mall.

But there were still some great moments captured and shared:

Like John Legend hanging with the Obama family.

The reliance we have on this mobile backbone though has never been more apparent. A good friend was in the crowd, and was trying to send an MMS of his view of history (which was from about a mile away and shaky).  It didn’t arrive to me and others on his personal distribution list until well after 1pm (ET).

His carrier (I don’t know which one) queued up the message and then sent it out.

Here in NYC, there was evidence of this stress too.  As we sent out news alerts to our customers, the experience as a content provider was interesting.  The devices and carriers that are usually the first to get the alerts got them late.  The carriers who tend to queue up the alerts had them flow right through.  In talking to our MMS aggregator, the issues all came after the gateway, which is where the message reaches the carrier.

In an interesting Tweet from the Mall, here is what @dceiver had to say about his experience trying to update via his BlackBerry:

To review cell providers: Verizon, T-Mobile, great. Cingular, failed miserably. Guess what network my BlackBerry is on

But that did not stop the content from coming in-this is the age of the citizen journalist after all.

So keep those videos coming, wherever your share them, this is our collective digital archive after all.

Measuring Expectation, and Result

January 17, 2009

So, I am happy to say the network I work for is jumping into social media full force for the inauguration of Barack Obama-now with most of the planning and and creating done, we have to be patient, sit back and see what happens.

One of the biggest challenges we’ll all face (from the broadcast side out to the online side and into the mobile side) is the expectation game.  In some cases, I really don’t know what the expectation is-other than just do it.  And, in reality, I think its the right approach-be out there and do it and see what happens.

Still, there are challenges.  Some we can manage (like moderation, putting high end devices in the hands of people we trust etc), and some we can’t like the availability of connectivity.

We have our social media site all set and ready to go, and we are tied in with all the usual susects (Twitter, You Tube, Flickr etc).

Follow the progress @cbsmobilenews, @theearlyshow, @cbsnews or contribute. Upload your pics and vids by email

Sweating over the details

January 12, 2009

Over the last week to week and a half (before, during and after the holidays) I have been going through an incredibly intense design process for six mobile websites and two mobile applications–and while the experience has me looking at all things with a different POV, I am wondering if we spend too much time sweating the small stuff.

Does an end user really care if the “more” button is crammed into a space? Do they even notice? Until last week, I did not even know what the gutter on the comps was–now I am answering questions about graphics haning into it.

My thought is that content drives consumption-and navigation needs to be easy to invisible.

More than two years ago, a consultant told me if the end user needs navigation, there is a design problem.  I asked him at the time to explain that statement, and he told me a user should be able to easily move within a site (WWW or mobile) easily.  If they need to back out to main navigation points-the content is too burried.

That stuck with me-and now I understand it.

As the new sites roll, we’ll find out if we over thought them.

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