Upcoming.org Understands The Value Of "Mobile-Friendly"

Feeds have evolved into a popular means of sharing content between sites and are now going mainstream as more people become aware of the benefits. The use of feeds to syndicate content to mobile devices is also increasing — placing a much needed focus on the quality and usefulness of the information contained in those feeds.

Case in point are event feeds. While greatly useful from the desktop, they usually fail from the mobiles user’s perspective because 1) the feed requires you to link off to content that is not optimized for mobile devices or 2) critical information is missing from the feed — either way the mobile experience becomes a dead end.

Thanks to Andy and Gordon over at Upcoming, WINKsite is now able to go beyond the limits of basic event feed publishing to deliver a more relevant, more precise means of mobile event distribution and device independent delivery.

Let me explain, while mobilizing the Metroblogging Network’s blog and event feeds we connected with the Upcoming team. We explained to them the challenges to mobile users as we understand them to be as well as our thoughts as to how the mobile experience could be improved. They listened.

After several emails passing ideas and specs back and forth, Upcoming modified their feeds with mobile users in mind (within 24 hours mind you.) Each Upcoming feed now contains additional information such as an event’s start date/time, venue name, location, and phone number (utilizing xCal extensions.) In addition, various URL parameters are now available providing various sorting and count options. Using these extensions, Winksite was able to intelligently display various event information in our mobile UI as well as make those data (phone numbers for example) actionable. The mobile goodness doesn’t end there. These feed additions also will allow us to build other web services around these data. For example, Upcoming event feeds with Yahoo! Weather, Yahoo! Traffic, and direction feeds/APIs can now be mashed up to support a more useful and productive mobile experience.

More soon on additional ways Winksite is working with partners to make feeds “Mobile-Friendly.”

Mobile Content Festival at SWSX

Dean McCall at SalsaNet asked me to help spead the word.

…my pleasure Dean. This looks great!

Mobile Content Festival at SWSX

An experiment in gaming and application development for mobile devices.

Presented by the Digital Convergence Initiative of the Texas Technology Corridor, Film San Antonio, Critical Mass Interactive, and HBMG Foundation/ArtSpark. March 14th, 2005.

The DCI is looking to address the current influence of mobile devices on our culture. Mobile devices have had a tremendous effect on our society and we are interested in how that new audience might best be communicated to in this new medium. It is our belief that this new medium offers special consideration that have yet to be suitably identified; the least of which is viewing size. Other considerations for this new form are cost per download, as well ergonomic concerns, etc.

The Festival is looking for mobile content submissions that explore the mobile lifestyle. Submit your project now. Deadline is March 5th for Applications and Games, and March 1st for Films.

A Belated Thanks To The Scobleizer

As previously posted Robert Scoble was kind enough to set up a Geek Dinner near Microsoft’s headquarters during my trip out to Seattle.

Thanks Robert! What a nice group of friends, colleagues, and visitors looking for thoughtful conversation, divergent opinions, and a few laughs. I couldn’t have enjoyed myself more.

…and the availability of excellent Vietnamese food at the Crossroads food court was unexpected to say the least.

This is the face Microsoft is beginning to show to the world (Thanks to Scoble?) – accessable and friendly – and Robert pulls it off both on his blog and in “real” life.

…now if he can only hook me up with David Winer so I can talk some mobile OPML with him. 🙂

Update: Seattle Geek Dinner: Thurs. Jan 26th

Robert Scoble was kind enough to set up a Geek Dinner near Microsoft’s headquarters during my trip out to Seattle.

Everyone is welcome, so pass the word.

… and please be sure to come over and introduce yourself.

Here are the details:

Time: Thursday 26th @ 6PM

Location: Crossroads Cafe

15600 NE 8th St # 16
Bellevue, WA 98008
(425) 747-6375

crossroadsbellevue.com

Meanwhile, Scott’s heading over to Mumbai and is having a meetup of his own on January 31st. Details here.

Winksite Metro Gatherings: Seattle

Dave Harper will be in Seattle (25 Jan – 28 Jan).

We would like to take advantage of that opportunity to meet more Winksite publishers and community members in person by holding a no-host gathering.

Please let us know if you or others have an interest in getting together with Dave one of those evenings. Please email us at :
events [at] winksite [dot] com so we can place you on our contact list.

About Winksite Metro Gatherings
The idea behind Winksite Metro Gatherings is to bring together Winksite publishers and community members interested in meeting with us and each other to share ideas.

Anyone with an interest in wireless/mobile is welcome, so please pass the word. If you have any ideas or suggestions on future locations for Winksite Metro Gatherings, please share them with us by emailing:
events [at] wirelessink [dot] com

Winksite Metro Gatherings: Chennai & Mumbai

Scott Rafer will be in Chennai (25 Jan – 28 Jan) and Mumbai (29 Jan – 1 Feb).

We would like to take advantage of that opportunity to meet more Winksite publishers and community members in person by holding a no-host gathering.

Please let us know if you or others have an interest in getting together with Scott one of those evenings. Please email us at :
events [at] winksite [dot] com so we can place you on our contact list.

About Winksite Metro Gatherings
The idea behind Winksite Metro Gatherings is to bring together Winksite publishers and community members interested in meeting with us and each other to share ideas.

Anyone with an interest in wireless/mobile is welcome, so please pass the word. If you have any ideas or suggestions on future locations for Winksite Metro Gatherings, please share them with us by emailing:
events [at] wirelessink [dot] com

Winksite Gatherings: Come & Meet Us

From Scott Rafer, Chairman of Wireless Ink:

“I’m traveling a bit in the next 60 days. Dave Harper and I are going to take advantage of it to meet more Wireless Ink publishers and community members in person.

We’re holding no-host meetups in London (29 November) and Paris (6 December). Please suggest locations and times for those two by emailing: events (at) wirelessink (dot) com.

If all goes as planned, Chennai, Mumbai, Beijing, and Shanghai will follow in January. Date, time, and location (and other meeting) suggestions for these four are very welcome as these are all new cities for me. My schedule is flexible, other than needing to be in Chennai for a wedding 25 to 29 January.”

About Winksite Gatherings
The idea behind Winksite Gatherings is to bring together Winksite publishers and community members interested in meeting with us and each other to share ideas.

Anyone with an interest in wireless/mobile is welcome, so please pass the word and bring along others! If you have any ideas or suggestions on future locations for Winksite Gatherings, please share them with us by emailing:events (at) wirelessink (dot) com

Mobile Local Content: Mobile Monday NY – Oct. 24th at Google NYC

The October MobileMonday NY will be held on Monday, the 24th at Google. The topic will be Mobile Local Search. Please forward this on to anyone who might be interested, and invite them to join the discussion group. Looking forward to seeing everyone again.

Date/Time: Monday, Oct. 24, 7pm – 9ish

Cost: Free

Topic: Mobile Local Content

Planned Agenda:

Venue: Google's NYC Offices at 1440 Broadway, NYC
(View of Time Square from Google's offices.)

Map: 1440 Broadway, NYC

RSVP: If you're planning on attending, could you quickly RSVP to Sean Owen (srowen AT gmail DOT com) with your name and number of guests. A better estimate of the number of attendees will help me make sure we have enough room.

Next Month: The topic for November will be Mobile Advertising. If anyone has something appropriate they would like to present/demo, please contact us on the discussion group. We are also looking for a venue.

Mobile Monday NY Launches Blog & Forum – Join Us!

MobileMonday New York is a community of NY metro area mobile professionals. The open community promotes the mobile industry and fosters cooperation and networking among industry people and their companies by providing opportunities for personal and virtual contacts.

The NY Chapter of Mobile Monday's joins groups worldwide:

We’ve been seeing great turnout at our first few meetings this summer and our recent event held at the Associated Press world headquarters was the largest gathering yet. MoMo NY's end of the month October '05 event will be held at Google's NY office – details will be available over the next week on our blog located at http://www.momo-ny.com/ or http://www.mobilemonday-ny.com/.

Anyone with an interest in wireless/mobile is welcome, so please pass the word and bring along others! If you have any ideas or suggestions on future Mobile Monday gatherings, please come and share them with us or email me directly at events (at) wirelessink (dot) com

We also have a Discussion Group. This is where we'll exchange ideas for upcoming events and just talk about mobility in general.

Your participation is key in making this all worthwhile.

…and be sure to come over and introduce yourself.

Mobile Monday New York – Sept. 19th at the Associated Press

The next MoMo New York meeting will be held on September 19th (due to CTIA-SF conflicts). It will be our first officially hosted meeting, so we are looking forward to not having to shout over the din of bar crowds. 🙂

The idea behind Mobile Mondays NY is to bring together NYC-area people and companies interested in mobile: to meet and chat with each other, see what others are doing, share ideas, and possibly even work together.

We've been seeing great turnout at our first few meetings this summer and hope even more of you can make it out to this meeting, hosted at the Associated Press world headquarters.

Anyone with an interest in wireless/mobile is welcome, so please pass the word and bring along others! If you have any ideas or suggestions on future Mobile Mondays, please come and share them with us! Your participation is key in making this all worthwhile. Be sure to come over and introduce yourself.

Details

  • Date: September 19th , 7 PM – 9ish PM
  • Cost: Free
  • Theme/Topics: Mobile Communities/Social Networking
  • Planned Agenda:
    • Quick welcome/intro
    • Four 15-minute presentations
      • Socialight
      • WINKsite
      • NextBlast
      • Dodgeball (Google)
    • Open discussion/networking with refreshments and snacks
  • Address:
    Associated Press
    450 W. 33rd Street (bet. 9th and 10th ave)
    New York, NY 10001
  • Map: 450 W. 33rd St., New York, NY