Here are some brief predictions for 2006:
1. 2006 will be the year of the mobile Web. We will see a huge wave of innovation as companies large and small get into the act and create innovative new concepts and services for Web users across a range of devices. The mobile Web will go “mainstream.”
2. The mobile Web meets the developing world. Communities that traditionally haven’t had access to the Web, on the other side of the so-called digital divide, will start to become served by Mobile applications and will start to use mobile devices and networks as their single means of access.
3. Bush will be impeached over the illegal NSA wiretaps and leave office in disgrace. Hey, I can dream, can’t i?
Happy New Year everybody!
The W3C Mobile Web Best Practices working group that I’m chairing got a nice write-up in the Herald Tribune! Especially happy about this because the IHT is kind of “my” newspaper — I read it every day on my way to work.
Well they said it couldn’t be done, but we’ve managed to organize a follow-up to the immensely successful first Mobile Monday London event we held last month. This one will be on December 5th in Soho — details here. I just made the announcement to the mailing list 3 hours ago and already we have over 50 registrants so it looks like we didn’t scare too many people off last time. Exciting stuff!
So in May when I went over to Japan, I got myself a new-fangled 3G phone. Because I don’t like to carry more than one device on my person, since then the Blackberry has taken a back seat. In fact, it has mostly sat in my bag with its battery drained. OK — the other reason was that people were starting to point and laugh when I used it as a phone. It’s actually a perfectly good phone. Anyway, last week, for some reason, I dug it out, dusted it off and charged it up. I had completely forgotten what a productivity booster the thing is. Just the fact that it lets me clean up my inbox while I’m on the Tube is reason enough to use it.
If only they made a UMTS model with video calling.
Hey — I was quoted in the press yesterday! I’ll treasure this moment. Oh yes.
I am frankly in shock at how many people have responded to my call for participation in Mobile Monday London. Less than a month since I sent out some initial emails and we now have 300+ people on the mailing list. We held our first event last night and had over a hundred people here at the Vodafone offices. The crowd was a good crowd, the speakers were great — it all went off without a hitch (well — the sound system did cut out half-way through but you expect at least one crisis and this was a relatively minor one). Check out the Web site for the pictures and more details. Now comes the hard part: planning the next event when I won’t even be here. What have I gotten myself into?
I had the pleasure to take a test drive of Nokia’s new browser yesterday, while speaking at their XML conference. I just have to say — it’s good. If this technology gets into enough hands, it could really open up use of “The Web” from Mobile. The “back button” functionality is especially good — it lets you page back through a series of thumb-nail views of previous pages, which is a quantum leap beyond current user experience. I’m a bit less sure about the addition of the pointer — will adding a pointer to the mobile browser create a better or more confusing user experience over all, especially when users might be switching back and forth between mobile-friendly content and “raw Web” content?
Wow! I think I tapped some kind of latent market demand, because Mobile Monday London looks like it’s really set to take off. So far 61 people have expressed interest in the event and joined the Yahoo group we are using to get organized. We had a good organization call today to get things moving and it looks like we’re going to have a very interesting kick-off meeting on the 7th of November. If you’re interested in attending, please join the Yahoo Group to get all the details.
Great. Now the Northern Line is broken. That’s me and about half a million other commuters in London out of luck. The thing with the Tube is that when it works, it’s great. But if anything goes wrong, any little thing at all, the whole system collapses in on itself — huge delays, crowds of angry commuters on the trains and on the platforms. That’s because The Tube is a system at capacity and being run at its limit of efficiency. Thankfully, I have the option of working from home today so I don’t have to get caught up in it, but a lot of people don’t have that luxury. By the way, when the Tube drivers say the trains are unsafe and the management (London Underground) says they are, I’m fairly likely to believe the drivers &mdash the people that actually work the trains and are responsible for the safety of the passengers. LU needs to get its act together.