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Image: Venice Carnival 2, via Stock.XchngThe last time that I hosted the Carnival, I weaved this story about a person who stumbles upon the carnival in the middle of a field (mobile as discovery). Well, no need to go that route this time as I think that there a compelling enough storyline throughout this edition to keep you tuned into this week’s posts.

For starters, Ajit Jaokar from Open Gardens talks about his nomination to the World Economic Forum’s The Future of the Internet Council which also has a short survey asking what you see as possibilities for the Internet and mobile at large in the near-future.

Ernest Doku checks in from Omio with what is hands-down my call for post of the week with his entry asking if social networking on mobile devices is esoteric or essential?

Mark Jaffe must have been sitting on the same row as I for this carnival as both of our submissions look at the idea of mobile phones and retail. Mark’s post asks whether mobiles will replace the in-store retail salespeople, while I ask if mobile’s impact turns the expectation for retail environments into engagement spaces.

Jose Colucci continues on the mobile & business angle with a look at some mobile strategies for small businesses. I hope that small businesses can really get behind this idea.

Tomi Ahonen checks in with this week’s lengthiest post, part one of his series looking at mobile characteristics in business and media formats being that its a new media platform. Its a good post, but you might want to grab some Cracker Jacks with this one.

Caroline Lewko from WIP Jam Sessions’ entry accents Tomi’s piece really well in that it talks about how open innovation is getting a failing grade with mobile developers. For all that we can do towards postulating about what mobile can do, when developers can’t make it happen (easily), then innovations just don’t come to pass.

Peggy Salz and the MSearchGroove team gives what can only be the best response to the previous CotM entries for this week – being open to feedback is essential, especially in mobile (immediacy is one of mobile’s defining characteristics). This post highlights a podcast with the Digital Youth Project and a mobile executive. Ear-opening, to say the least.

Chetan Sharma from Always on Real-time Access recaps the Second Mobile Breakfast Series event where there is some executive feedback happening, as well as some real-talk towards addressing the consumer experience, marketing speak, and technological hurdles within the mobile/networking space. Hopefully, there can be something that changes, else pieces about the mobile industry – such as what was published in the last Mobile Industry Review Newsletter – are going to come more often, and from those who are willing to move faster towards changing mobile and its connected services for the better for all.

What do you know; those posts circle back around to the Open Gardens piece that started this week’s Carnival of the Mobilists. Guess I got a bit of traveling story into this week’s Carnival after all (mobile as engagement).

Thanks for visiting with this week’s Carnival of the Mobilists (#203). If you’d like to contribute a post for the Carnival, send your post to the CotM Email account. If you’d like to host, the 2010 Host Schedule is up, so do get your request in for that as well.

Next week’s Carnival is going to be the last one for 2009. It will be over at London Calling and I’m sure that it will be a smashing end to a great year for the Carnival. Thanks again for visiting, see you under the tent next time.

*For those looking to link to this post, please use the URL: http://tinyurl.com/cotm-203 (its a lot easier than the URL my mobile web server gives).

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