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Update: Blogger doesn't suck as much as it used to

Blogger now has some pretty decent mobile templates. This is how DougNote used to look on an iPhone:

Was
And this is how it looks now -- you can actually read the text:

Is

I also like the way it scales photos:


You can now read and navigate on a smartphone.  Yay!

But I haven't yet left for Wordpress as I threatened in a previous tantrum because I've been playing with posterous and tumblr, both of which are very new and modern and make blogging very easy. They make Blogger and WP blogs really seem old fashion. [Hmmm… "old fashion" is the old school way of saying old school…] Besides making it easy to mount content of all kinds, they can serve as the media server for your tweets, and in the case of tumblr, you don't even need to create content at all. Go check out the modfetish tumblr (but only if you are not offended by photos of naked women).

Plus either will auto post to the other and whatever you direct it to. So when I tweet a photo, it gets mounted at posterous which auto posts to tumblr and flickr. I stop it there because it can really get crazy and I'm not. Crazy. Yet.

The Moral of the Story:

If Blogger is going to be a proper old school blogging platform they still need comment editing and comment threading and some new features aimed at streamlining posting and propagating. The contradiction in current technology is that there is an inherent disadvantage in having the early advantage and taking the lead; you end up with a huge installed base that you have to drag with you while around you other unfettered imaginations create the future.

An illustration of this advantage-becomes-disadvantage flip is the cell phone giant Nokia.  One of the funniest product placement appearances was in the new wonderfully 3-D Tron. The hip, young protagonist pulls out his gee-whiz smartphone and it's a Nokia. That got a laugh. Because although Nokia used to be The Future, they are now sadly representative of The Past and seemingly inescapably mired there.

H. Doug Matsuoka
19 January 2011
Makiki, Honolulu

P.S. Some bonus info. If you have an iPhone, get Atomic Web Browser for 99 cents. Many features, but one of the best is that it gets you a little more precious screen space:


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  1. Ah, very funny, Doug. I have a Nokia. I've never texted in my life. But I do blog! Thanks for the advice.

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  2. Speaking of Nokia, they just woke up in the cornfield. From Gizmodo: http://gizmo.do/ihAqn8

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