When MobileBeyond launched in 2009, I decided to focus on the future of mobile new media.
While concentrating on mobile developments in blog posts and podcasts, my journey gradually expanded to include Internet-related content and technologies.
That’s why you’ll find articles and podcast interviews about mobile marketing and advertising, social media and networks, wireless health, digital publications, the Kindle, and more.
MobileBeyond became a site about how humans have created interactive content (text, sound, images, video) carried over amazing electronic devices. This is the world of mobile new media.
Mobile New Media
We live in exciting, dynamic times. Electronic communications spread across the world. Some might call it “the age of mobile.” But I think there’s something bigger happening than just mobile, and most people don’t realize it.
Unlike most new communication technologies, mobile and new media morph in multiple directions. Once, the media talked to us. Today people and media collaborate, producing and sharing incredible content.
No longer print, no longer audio or video. Emerging technologies have converged media and content. When you make or view a YouTube video, the content–your message –and the media channels are the same. In other words, if you viewed the same video on a TV or tablet computer, your experience would be entirely different. That’s what new media does.
As Michael Becker says, mobile offers multi-modal channels: photos, video, and audio driven by the Internet. Add mobile smartphone apps, and your phone becomes a bar code scanner, a mapping tool, a navigation system, and a wireless health service.
Herman Heunis with MXit in South Africa calls a mobile phone “the remote control of the Universe.” For the first time in history, mobile devices offer global convergence.
Explaining and commenting about this massive change in human communications has been MobileBeyond’s quest Creative minds, like clay in the hands of a potter, drive the future of mobile and media. It’s an eternal journey. But watching and participating in the journey puts us at the center of the communications revolution. Enter this journey into uncharted visions of our future.
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