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I recently had the opportunity to meet Ben from Bluepulse at his office to find out more about what his company is up to. Bluepulse is building mobile social media products focused on the Mobile Web community; Internet-enabled phones account for approximately one billion handsets. Bluepulse’s ad-based revenue model has been downloaded close to 3M times across 160 countries. New features on the latest version include:
- A universal message box that receives all incoming profile updates and text messages, as well as displays sent messages similar to an Instant Messenger on a PC, all on a single screen.
- A universal sending box that allows users to send messages to multiple friends, groups, email addresses or phone numbers at once from one place on their phone.
- Mobile web browser-based, download-free availability to anyone with an Internet-enabled mobile phone.
- Group Friending, which intuitively and intelligently helps users expand their network by asking users if theyâ€™d like to be friends with people in another friendâ€™s group when they have both been included on the same group message.
- SMS and email alerts to let users know they have a message waiting for them on bluepulse.
- New, easy-to-use address book importing lets bluepulse users invite their Facebook, AIM, Yahoo! Messenger, Gtalk, MSN, and MySpace friends to join them on bluepulse.
â€œWith this release, we are introducing the next layer of social networking functionality for the mobile phone,â€ said Ben Keighran, founder and CEO of bluepulse. â€œMaking our platform available through the mobile browser means more people can use bluepulse. We have built an accessible next-generation messaging application which allows our users to easily stay connected with their friends, families and co-workers. Whether itâ€™s making plans on the fly or sharing their latest photos while on vacation â€“ bluepulse lets them do it all from a single interface on the device they always have with them.â€
Comments: Ben took the time to show me bluepulse in action on his iPhone and it was quite fast and easy. The simple interface makes it easy to pick up and fun to use.
While twitter, jaxtr aim at mobile social blogging in a broadcast method, bluepulse aims at going for a interactive messaging amongst friends for getting together, sharing links with multiple people and more. It doesn’t require the need for dedicated IM clients or for remember what your friends ID is. And the user doesn’t even need to be online at the same time, as bluepulse will alert the intended recipient(s) via text message. The application is smart enough to handle some aspect of going in and out of coverage while on your mobile, as this is a web application, so keeping in sync with a conversation is quite good. Finally, getting all my contacts from my IM and Social networking address books are quite easy.
I already have an unlimited data package, I guess I now need to sign up for an unlimited SMS plan.
Well, there was certainly a lot going on, on Day 0, with all the Pre-conferences, you wonder if CTIA should either be a longer event, or the Pre-events should coordinate a bit more instead of clashing with each other? Even the evening events seem to be clashing with each other. Maybe this is the Mobile Mashup, CTIA-style. While you can spend all day walking between all the conferences happening on Monday and not really get to network or see/hear much of each session, I simply had to make a decision to just try and stay as much as possible to one event. There was the Smartphone Summit, The Billboard Mobile Entertainment Live!, Navteq Connections, Mobile Entertainment Summit, and more. So the Daytime Event that I was at, was the Mobile Entertainment Summit at the Metreon.
First off, the weather in San Francisco, could not have been nicer! The venue on the 4th Floor with the Terrace was a really nice backdrop with the warm October weather! Maybe I am somewhat jaded by what was discussed at the Mobile Entertainment Summit, but it seemed to be circling a lot around the same topics: m-commerce, monetizing digital content onto the mobile platform, mobile channel distribution and subscriber adoption. To be fair, there have been a lot of promises made and hype around the topics, but the venue was a bit of a distraction and the topic on the panels was not as exciting as expected. Some of the stats presented were good, but it seemed a bit lacking.
For the rest of the show, it seemed that a lot of buzz was getting past a lot of the hype behind mobile games, texting and seeing how everyone can make money. This in my mind is a welcome change, since hype is great and can garner a lot attention, but at the end of the day, people like hearing that money is flowing.
“What we’ve been trying to do is also get into applications and experiences beyond just the initial (making phone calls).”
“The mobile-wireless environment is going to create a whole new set of brandsâ€”brands around devices, brands around the experiences, and also brands around the way people are connecting and researching on the Internet. Youâ€™ll see new brands around this mobile world, hopefully some from Motorola, because we are thinking about creating distinct brand experiences underneath the parent brand Motorola in the mobile space in the future.”
But with the software and services, there needs to be a focus around performance and not just functionality. The fact that WAP pages load slowly, content downloads are cumbersome to obtain and mobile commerce can partially be attributed to the less than optimal network infrastructure, however, a constant vigil needs to pertain to bloated page files, excessive calls for images, and limit “tracking” code. Downloadable content needs to be scrutinized for file size and streaming content must continually improve codecs. Subscribers will continually expect more and more from their mobile phones, so keeping in mind the sometimes nerve-racking wait to retrieve information should be worked out. Constant testing of the performance of a site or service should be done regularly from a real handset, not just simply testing concurrent session maxims, or stress-testing load. A fair amount of the chain is out of the control of most content developers who are at the mercy of the platform provider or the mobile operator. Everyone needs to keep in check their performance and availability of their mobile content and services. This is the lifeline and customer experience that drives your mobile channel and revenue source. Spotty service leads to low adoption rate, business ineffectiveness and ultimately poor revenue.
Another short email blast from Sprint.
Never pay retail againâ€¦ use your mobile phone to compare prices on more than 9.2 million productsâ€¦ FREE!
To learn more: Web> Entertainment > Mobile Shopper or visit http://www.sprint.com/mobileshopper
Comments: I think quite a few ideas around comparison shopping emerged over the years, first on the web, and even some attempts on the mobile phone. So far there has not been a dominant player, even though a lot of money has been thrown at the problem. Froogle, CNet, NexTag, and dozens of others are still churning out sites with more and more categories of reviews, ratings and connections to enable commerce. Here is the video that I captured from a Samsung M610 device on Sprint of how the Mobile Shopper works on Sprint. YouTube doesn’t allow me to edit the resolution of the video, so the screen is a bit distorted.
This is perhaps of the first and rare exclusive posts about non-mobile content but I thought that it was related and of interest for me to attend as I am a blogger as well as a “mobilist.”
An Information Mapping, Inc. study found that 89% of the respondents wasted as much as one hour per day trying to decipher poorly-written e-mails.
Another Nationwide Commission study in 2006 found that time spent reading and applying information in blogs, emails and other communications costs American corporations as much as $3.1 billion annually. This does not include the costs of people reading and re-reading communications that they do not understand, taking wrong actions based on miscommunications, or taking no actions and jeopardizing corporate initiatives.
Your companyâ€™s image and professionalism may be at risk when an employee participates in a blog, sends an inappropriate email or text messages a client. This practical panel discussion will provide you with tools and techniques to improve productivity and results from communications today â€“ through blogs, emails, text messaging and more.
Key topics to be discussed include:
E.J.Dieterle, CEO, YES Partners (Inc.)
This was an event where I was not quite sure if the topics would be relevant to me and my blog, Mobileslate, but “The Quest for Knowledge is Un-ending” so I remained a captive participant.
Some of the stats that I found useful:
Finally some advice that I found useful related to by blog.
“People do stupid things that get them in trouble.”
- Sean Murphy from SK Murphy, Inc.
“Don’t post or email anything that you wouldn’t want to appear on the front page of the New York Times.”
- Achim Hoelzle from Feldberg Pacific.
So in conclusion, what the event did for me is to heighten my senses about my writing and make sure I re-read what I wrote at least two times before posting on my blog.
|I got back from Europe at the end of September and was not able to transfer my pics from my digital camera onto my blog. Finally! I spent the greater part of a long overdue vacation at the end of September in Germany, which I really enjoy visiting. Aside from the gastronomy and the scenery that makes up the fabric of Germany, there is always the side trips to the mobile phone stores to see what they have cooked up. Don’t get me wrong, the beer, the castles, old churches and cobblestone streets, the trains and the cruise on the river were all very, very enjoyable!|