I went to a talk at Mobile Monday by Gary Chan from Forum Nokia. The title of this evening was Web 2.0 Goes Mobile. Gary’s talk was informative and the following panelist discussion was very interesting.
The other panelists were:
- Oliver Palmer from TigerSpike
- Oliver Weidlich from Ideal Interfaces, and
- Jennifer Wilson from NineMSN.
Some similar content to Gary’s speech can be found at: http://www.informationweek.com/blog/main/archives/2007/11/nokia_talks_wid.html
Yahoo, Google and Nokia are all providing platforms for developers to create and distribute mobile applications and many say that it is finally time that mobile applications will proliferate.
Some key points from the panelists which I found interesting included:
Jennifer Wilson – there are many definitions of Web 2.0 floating around, but the notion on “conversation” within the various definitions seems central.
Mobiles by nature are based on “conversation” so web 2.0 on the mobile could yield some interesting products.
She spoke of convenient, contextual content driving conversations.
“if web 2.0 is anything, its really about conversations in content both 1-to-1 and 1-to-many”
She maintained that focusing on content, which is contextually relevant integrated with activity based upon existing human behaviors will yield compelling content and applications.
I had a look at some of the widgets one can download on Mosh and concluded that the most compelling apps were indeed context specific.
I think in terms of widgets for mobile, context specific examples such as a bus tracker, taxi tracker, weather widget, currency converter, a compass are extremely compelling.
Paul Otellini from Intel recently predicted that mobile devices could soon “augment reality” by pulling data from the net in real time. He said the industry was on the verge of creating a “new level of capability and usefulness to the internet…It’s an internet that is proactive, predictive and context-aware.”
Intel were promoting their technologies which “Eventually (we) will blanket the globe in wireless broadband connectivity”
The notion of mobile social networks was also discussed. Twitter like/GPRS functionality was discussed in terms of aggregation based upon your personal address book. Oliver Wiedlich maintaining that mobile contact data is the king of the address books – and integrating aggregation and the address book could yield a “killer app’.
Context – conversation – geo-location – personal address book aggregation?
What’s in stall?