3, the UK’s first video mobile network, announced the first mobile blogging service.
3’s My Gallery is set to transform blogging from a ‘geeky’ hobby to a mainstream communication method. The immediacy of this type of web publishing means that people can comment instantly as it happens, on the move.
That’s marvellous. But what do I read here:
Both public and private My Gallery sites are fully interactive allowing visitors to ‘blog’ their own comments.
Interesting, I thought that one blogs one’s thoughts, ideas, stories and other comment on the blog. Blogging is generally associated with the owner of the blog, not the visitors. But let’s not be pedantic… it has the magic word ‘interactive’.
To set up a My Gallery site, customers simply send a picture or video message to “3333”, charged at a standard rate, they then receive a password via SMS to manage their blog site.
Ah, so 3 is charging a lot of money as picture and video messaging cost a bit - one of the main reasons I imagine why people do not use it so much. This is in direct opposition to Lifeblog, a Nokia moblogging application that allows you to blog directly from your mobile (via email, not picture messaging) and your PC (via a desktop application) using Typepad as the publishing tool. Works great and comes as a blogging application first rather than an expensive attempt at ‘interactive’ - and expensive - mobile data services…