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Moblogging Flickr

Posted in Uncategorized by Simon Bisson on February 15, 2006

Now that Shozu have released clients for a whole new batch of phones, I’ve started using it as my main photoblogging tool

Shozu is rather nifty, and I’ve been raving about it every time I have meetings with mobile operators and equipment manufacturers, as this is the sort of tool that will really boost use of data services. It’s a relatively simple application (that you have to kick yourself for not having thought of yourself!), that mixes a web service and a local client to offer a generic photosharing tool for Symbian Series 60 and Windows Mobile phones, with support for several popular image sharing sites, including Flickr.

All you need to do is browse your images, and choose what are to be uploaded. You can batch up a set for transfer, or send them one at a time. I use it to send images directly to Flickr with little or no hassle – there’s no need to fiddle about with post by mail settings – as this is a mobile Flickr client with tagging support (complete with basic image rotation and scaling). You can even give images new titles before you upload them…

It’s quick and easy to use, and works very well with my new Orange SPV C600.

This also means I’ll soon be saving myself £2.50 a month by moving my security camera image blog Watching The Watchers from moblog.co.uk to a Flickr set. When I have time, of course….

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  1. megadog said,

    The big struggle in all this will revolve round getting the mass-market mobile-telcos to surrender their zealously protected service ‘walled garden’.

    Raw-internet-over-cellular isn’t a market where you can really differentiate yourself. It’s commodity. The customer will ultimately buy on the basis of price-per-megabyte, just as they buy Tesco Value baked beans because to most users they’re indistinguishable from Heinz [and are, TBH.
    , probably made in the Heinz factory…].

    Until telco revenue from walled-garden looks like falling below potential revenue from enhanced open services like you describe, the walled-garden model will remain – your average mobeco will be happy to continue to rake in the $£$ from the ringtones-and-celebrity-trivia market as their primary added value income source.

    Can you blame them?

  2. sbisson said,

    No, not really.

    Until they understand that the value is in their service platform, and as an edge gateway, they will remain left behind.

    No wonder the main theme at this years 3GSM was TV on your phone…

  3. megadog said,

    TV-on-your-phone is a nice idea (once we get phones with 1024×768 displays and strap-on fuel-cells to power them); however so long as the The TV-Licensing Stasi in the UK expect to charge you extra for the privilege, I really doubt it’ll catch on here.

  4. anonymous said,

    The great majority of carriers do allow access to the Internet from their networks, so they are not operating strict walled gardens. However, they will often charge high per-MB data prices for this (whereas browsing within their own portals is often free of charge).

    We’ve been encouraged to see some carriers introducing flat rate Internet data tariffs. ShoZu users on these tariffs are typically uploading hundreds of photos per month. Other ShoZu users are paying up to $10 per MB, which makes off-portal data services pretty expensive to use.

    Andy Tiller, CTO Cognima (creators of ShoZu)

  5. anonymous said,

    There is another service that provides social photos and videos off mobile
    devices. It has cool features that include instant uploads, phone to phone video and photo sharing.

    PixSense has a compression technology that reduces the filesize by 50% before transferring. So users end up spending less using PixSense for photo, video and text upload.

    Try it out and see if you like it. It works great for me!

    Check out some of these links from users posting videos:
    http://beta.pixsense.com/gertv8/
    http://beta.pixsense.com/boat/


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