Yes, it’s yet another made-up word from the wonderful world of Web 2.0… Moblogging.
Moblogging, or mobile blogging, is all about being able to take photos on your mobile phone and blog them directly to a blogging service without the need to go via a computer as such. I bought a new Sony Ericsson K610i mobile phone recently and was quite excited to find not only a good quality camera that took a decent photo, but also an option in the photo gallery menu that said “Blog this”. Naturally it didn’t take me long to have a play with it and I can now snap a photo with the phone, and with a single menu selection it will resize the photo and upload to a blog in one fell swoop! Unfortunately, it doesn’t let you specify which blogging service you use so I can’t set it to upload to this blog, but it does do a fairly seamless job of going to a Blogger account.
The very first time you send a photo off into cyberspace, it automatically creates a new blog account on Blogger with a random name, and then sends a text message to your phone with a URL and a token code to log in. Once you log in with a Google account (which you now need anyway since Blogger went to Blogger v2 a few months ago) it asks you if you’d like to merge the newly created moblogging site with an existing Blogger site. I said yes, it chugged away for a few minutes, and in no time at all I had the phone photos up and live on a spare Blogger site that I wasn’t using anyway! Too easy!
I love this idea of moblogging, and have been uploading photos fairly regularly, in an almost Twitter-ish manner! I think I’ll keep it going… Maybe I really am an exhibitionist! And one can’t help but ponder about the possibilities for using this in the classroom.
My moblog can be found at betchablog.blogspot.com
Moblogging by Chris Betcher is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.