Carnival of the Mobilists (@themobilists) No 284

Greetings to all who are the usual and not so usual audiences for the Carnival of the Mobilists. I’m stepping up to host the Carnival since its been a slow going of things lately with submissions and such. Its the week Thanksgiving happens here in the USA, so its probably a good thing that towards those things mobile, that we should be thankful for whatsoever comes along. Well, not whatsoever, there are some high quality mobile activities happening around the web:

  • MobiThinking has a neat insider’s guide towards mobile in Kenya; with a specific look to mobile and web marketing, and just how different the cultural norms have shaped the opportunities in mobile there.
  • Mobile Groove brings another mobile guide, this one for developers, businesses, and brand agents who want to go the route of a mobile app/service platform
  • Mobile Industry Review is participating in a contactless-mobile playments challenge using the Samsung Galaxy III and a Gemalto SIM. There are a number of posts on the challenge, with a slew of videos
  • Chetan Sharma published his USA wireless marketing update for Q3 2012; as usual, tons of data and items that are better than just plain stats because of the ease at which you can spot trends and see some interesting things present and coming down the pipe.
  • Tomi Ahonen (Communities Dominate Brands) also chimes in Q3 mobile numbers, but from a global perspective and pulling together the data from several analyst houses
  • Dean Bubley wrote up an excellent piece on “ecosystem creep” which mirrors many of my own thoughts about the push of so much about the computing space being pushed to vertical silos that leave little room for your own desires for how information should and shouldn’t connect
  • Jeb Brilliant (The Mobile Perspective) chimes in on AT&T’s recent public statements about their investments towards wireless infrastructure improvements and short-term gains such as their upcoming push-to-talk service; I like how Jeb’s experience in telecom shines through the analysis of this piece.
  • Emily Turrettini (Textually) always puts out great mobile stories, one of the better ones that caught my eye over the past days has been the research about using the friction of static electricity to power mobiles.
  • Mobile Ministry Magazine expands on another article talking about 5 features that mobile websites should have, and does so in a frame fit for faith-based and other organizations which seek to use mobile websites

I have to admit, not all of these were submissions. Many of these were items that I’ve come across in my normal reading. Its been a slow time for much of the fall with the Carnival of the Mobilists. But, that’s not to say that it will stop and that others will step up with something neat to contribute. There are some great things in store for the Carnival of the Mobilists, just wait, its literally around the corner.

In the meantime, there’s a need for folks who can step up to be hosts. Follow the information on the CoM website for details.

For those of you who would like to simply contribute, and get a bit of a boost from being featured on the CoM, simply shoot an email ( and wait to get the notification of being featured. Good hint here is to have something unique, we always like to read what mainstream sites might not have picked up on.

In the meantime, thanks for taking a read into this 284th edition of the Carnival of the Mobilists (@themobilists). I hope you’ve enjoyed it as much as I have hosting it. Happy Thanksgiving to all in the USA who are celebrating this week.

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