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thought-provoking quote: social surplus

So if you take Wikipedia as a kind of unit, all of Wikipedia [...] represents something like the cumulation of 100 million hours of human thought. [...] And television watching? Two hundred billion hours, in the U.S. alone, every year. Put another way, now that we have a unit, that’s 2,000 Wikipedia projects a year spent watching television.

From Clay Shirky’s blog (author of “Here comes everybody”)

mobile development with Forum Nokia & MobileMonday @ Barcelona

If you happen to be in Barcelona next week, and don’t have anything interesting to spend the Monday night with, I will be talking about mobile web development and the Yahoo Mobile platform on the 5th of May, in the Forum Nokia & MobileMonday Event in Barcelona.

logo mobile monday - nokia forum

There are also some interesting people to network with, so let me know if you want to come and say hi!

el tiempo es relativo…

… como demuestra el hecho que desde que los de TED pusieron las charlas descargables directamente al IPod, el trayecto de autobus a la oficina es mucho mas corto…

london bus

random thoughts on mobile content

Cathy sent me a doc with recent coverage about OverTheAir that includes this interview with Matthew, the master of all things mobile at BBC ;)

Very interesting read (especially if you’re looking into “aggregating mobile content”, or however they call it these days)

Interview: Matthew Postgate (via MocoNews)

This actually reminds me of some other interesting thing I bumped into when talking with a couple of operators that have integrated oneSearch in their portals. As most of you know, until not-so-long most operators had closed portals (what were usually called “walled gardens”) with syndicated content (via several of the beforementioned “mobile content aggregator” deals). However, since recently, they’re all (*ejem* almost) switching to offer open Internet access, and integrate the internet search right on their decks (via Google mobile search, Microsoft Live Mobile, Yahoo oneSearch or even other parties like Medio)

The interesting thing is that even though that trend has been going on for I’d say 1-2 years, when you look at some of these operators’ top queries, it really seems like they’re mostly for in-portal content! Poetically speaking, even though the “garden” is not “walled” anymore, people are still mostly staying in!

open cage

I guess it’s kind of good news for people whose business model is based on selling mobile content but… I guess also not so good for getting there in terms of having an “open” mobile web ecosystem as good and full of interest as the desktop web counterpart. Or maybe it’s just a question of educating the users to know what’s out there and wait for more to come?

Would love to hear your oppinions on this…

random quote: deadlines

I love deadlines. I like the whooshing sound they make as they fly by.

Douglas Adams

want a fireeagle invitation?

Have been playing a bit with the FireEagle API for building location based services (check some slides about FireEagle here) and the team commented that they’re preparing a FireEagle hack night some point next month, and also sent me some invites to circulate

So if any of you needs a FireEagle invite to test, feel free to shoot me an email! (info about hacknight will probably be put in upcoming.org when details are available)

fireeagle logo

P.S. by the way, if you want to check which cool things you can do with FireEagle, check out Simon’s Wikinear application here

slides from OverTheAir hackfest

As usual, I forgot to post in advance, but I gave a couple of talks at the OverTheAir mobile hackfest organized by BBC and MoMoLondon. Really cool event, guys! As the overtheair people are submitting their slides to slideshare, I thought I could as well repost them here, in case anybody’s interested.

First is the intro slides to the widgets panel, that we shared with Nokia and Vodafone. Second is the slides to the developing widgets workshop itself.

P.S: before you comment: yes, I know the fonts are all made a mess… have to play more with this slideshare thing :P