Mobile Web 2.0 Service Example

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Ajit Jaokar elaborates on a specific example as part of his ongoing series:

The service we are considering here is a `mobile’ version of a combination of del.icio.us and flickr.

As you probably know, both del.icio.us and flickr are based on tags. However, note that in a mobile context, a `tag’ would have a different meaning to the term on the web. People do not like to enter a lot of information on a mobile device. Thus, a tag in a mobile sense, would be explicit information entered by the user(i.e. a `web’ tag) but more importantly information captured implicitly when the image was captured(for example the user’s location).

The service would enable you to
a) Search related images and get more information about a `camera phone image’ using historical analysis of metadata (including tags) from other users. This bit works like del.icio.us i.e. searching via tags BUT with a mobile element because the `tag’ could include many data elements that are unique to mobility(such as location)
b) `Share’ your images with others (either nominated friends or the general public similar to flickr but as a mobile service)

From a user perspective, the user would be able to
a) Capture an image using a camera phone alongwith metadata related to that image
b) Gain more information about that image from an analysis of historical data (either a missing element in the image or identifying the image itself)
c) Search related images based on tags
d) Share her image with others – either nominated friends or the general public

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