Mobile Web 2.0 on little cat feet
December 6th, 2006

As 2006 winds down, Mobile Web 2.0 winds up to punch its way into prominence next year and beyond. I have just finished reading the book titled Mobile Web 2.0 by Ajit Jaokar and Tony Fish and have found it to be extremely helpful in understanding the transition we are in as the Web takes hold in mobiles. I recommend the book as a guide for the New Year.

In the last days of 2006, Mobile Web 2.0 reminds me of Carl Sandburg’s fog:

The fog comes
on little cat feet.
It sits looking
over harbor and city
on silent haunches
and then moves on.

Mobile Web is not, I believe, about to move on. When the prestigious Web 2.0 conference in San Francisco the first week in November barely mentioned mobile, the slight led to a rump Mobile 2.0 conference that was held the day before. The fog remained at a forum I attended in New York City on November 30 in which for two hours I recall no mention of mobiles as the innovations in the our new ‘Flat World’ were analyzed by Tim O’Reilly, Tom Friedman, Brian Behlendorf, Devin Wenig and David Kirkpatrick.

In this odd public calm before the mobile tsunami that will come next year, Jaokar and Fish teach the mobile Web comprehensively. They show why ‘. . . the humble mobile device is the main driving force behind the next evolution of the creation / consumption balance.’


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