Few weeks after the announcement, I had the chance to use the new interface twitter.com launched to increase its usability.The black top bar and the wider right column are the main new visual features. They came together with the possibility to immediately visualize photos and videos shared by others and other minor changes.
I found it a good step ahead, being the site more usable and the main page becoming a sort of intro to your profile. More than before, twitter is presenting itself not only as a place for geeks but mainly as a tool for knowledge sharing with a broad audience: latest stats say users are over 190 million (more than 1 million are from Italy: http://cot.ag/bzoKmS).
This is why I’m strongly suggesting to the networks I support to adopt it. Onda Rural is actually using it quite well, Carimac will be doing soon as well as the CSDI project and the FAO Rural radio website. Their public can be very wide, the tool is flexible and dynamic (mostly thanks to third party applications) and the use is very easy, adapt for every kind of editorial team.
Back from my trip in Tanzania I have to show an interesting collection of images about marketing of mobile telephony around the country. As you can see they are pretty aggressive!
From cars to charts
From walls to houses
From billboards to shops
And they have clients of every age!
A very useful summary of the International Telecommunications Union’s 2009 edition of Measuring the Information Society – The ICT Development Index (PDF, 1.53MB) has been published by Antonella Pastore on the blog of the ICT-Km Program.
A very interesting question comes out of the analysis: “is this the end of the Web as we know it?“
The question is originated by the fact that mobile growth is so strong, also in comparison with the fixed line network, that mobile communication could overpass it pretty soon. Have a look at the stats about the cellular penetration growth in The Gambia and in Africa between 2002 and 2007:
So doing, we go back again to the question that we have been treating many times in this blog: what’s next? What is the shape of the future communication and knowledge sharing tool/platform/device?
We arrive again to the matter of convergence between mobile and the Internet and the features it will have as you can read in the some related postings:
- Who is using mobile phones for development
- Who is using mobile phones for development – part 2
- This closer marriage between Mobile and Internet
- Will cellphones replace other ICTs?
Filed under ideas, news, reports
kiwanja is releasing a new version of its famous software FrontLineSMS, the leading SMS management platform. Now the software allows users to manage forms to collect and share data:
You can read more on afromusing, an interesting blog on innovation, technology and beyond or on Ken’s blog.
WordPress released an application with which you can blog directly from your iPhone. You can download it form here.
I’ve been starting using it!
Can you imagine what does that mean in addition to another app which can record voices, the images you shot with the embedded camera and the video you can ultimately shot with the same camera? The list on the Appstore is already very long!
The Forum on Mobile Telephony just ended. I think this has been a very interesting discussion, not only for the postings themselves, but mainly for the large number and value of people involved, experiences described and points of view reflected during two weeks.
To give an idea the complexity and the value of our last discussion in this thread, I used wordle to create a cloud with the words used in the last conversation. In the image below you can see the graphical result of this exercise.