User-Generated Content: An Objection From One Of The Rabble

I take objection to a statement made on the Intercasting Corp blog. (View it here)

While I congratulate Intercasting Corp on the launch of Rabble and the FIRST mobile blogging community THEIR company has ever launched …

Rabble is NOT as I quote their post “the first mobile blogging community ever” or “fully mobile-only, self-contained community of mobile content creators and consumers” just like NewBay's FoneBlog ™, wasn't “the world's first mobileblogging solution” – as NewBay originally reported in 2002.

Certainly Intercasting Corp should be proud of what they have. I suggest though keeping the ego and hype in check. Besides, further qualifying their statement such as in – the first commercial, BREW-based, fully mobile-only, self-contained community of mobile content creators and consumers, incorporating LBS, launched on the Verizon Network in the US in 2005 – would sound a bit silly. Right?

This is not “Rabble” envy. I like what those guys have put together – but fair is fair. A statement like theirs once given “legs” by the media becomes a bit like competing with the Hawaiian Tropic girl they mention in the lead sentence of the post . I expect more from “The Populist Media Company”.

More soon on various players in the mobile community space, and how they break down by technology, model and timeline.

UPDATE
Shortly after posting my thoughts to the Intercasting Corp Blog I received this response:

“David makes a good point. Claims depend much on definition. Rabble is, as he points out, the first commercial, BREW-based, fully mobile-only, self-contained community of mobile content creators and consumers, incorporating LBS, launched on the Verizon Network in the US in 2005.

Since “mobile blogging” is difficult to define, I make a distinction between carrier-grade solutions, web-based solutions, wap-based solutions, thick client, thin client and one-way publishing platforms.

The better approach, as I am sure David would agree, is to claim we launched a cool application and we hope people like it.” – Posted by: Shawn Conahan at June 5, 2005 10:21 AM

Yes, very cool…

… and smartly done. And perhaps, I suffer from a bit of “Rabble” envy after all when it comes to the team Intercasting has put together.

As OB1-Wan Kenobi said, “Many of the truths that we cling to depend on our point of view.” I think real gentleman this Shawn must be.

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