fring offering mobile blogging gadgets to Beijing Olympics bloggers

fring, the mobile communications service provider, is offering anyone already on their way to Beijing for the Olympics this summer (or anyone willing to stump up the airfare) the chance to blog about the Games using a sweet mobile blogging setup.

Successful applicants (thereafter called “fringsters”) will get a 3.5G mobile phone with GPS, camera, local SIM card, and near-unlimited data plan. In return, fringsters can “microblog” their experiences of the Games with text and photo updates. Obviously, it’s a fairly light-hearted affair, as their blog suggests:

“…the fringCommentator will regularly micro-blog with quick updates & pictures (the winner, the loser, the cutest flag-bearer, the poor girl who lost her swimsuit, the poor guy who dropped the baton in the 4×100 meter final… you get the idea).

If you want to apply, you’ll need to be a fring user already. All the other relevant details can be found in this blog post.

(Via Tech Digest)

Mobile Ads for Mobile Blogs

Google launches mobile image ads, as in targeted ads for mobile phone pages. So let’s say you’re reading a blog on your mobile phone, since it’s got a mobile edition for you. Right, you get an ad. Would you click it? I wouldn’t, mobile browsing overall is too slow, and too much on the go, for me, although wifi enabled devices with bigger screens and faster internet connections might be a whole different matter.

As of now, just over 68% of the TechCrunch readers polled on this matter says no, with 10% saying yes, and the rest says “maybe”. Then again, maybe the TechCrunch crowd isn’t the target for these things?

Blogging from Anywhere

ozark blogging

I realize that I’m probably more connected than the average person that inhabits the blogosphere – but it’s quite amazing to me how connected we can be if we choose – enabling those that wish to do so to truly be able to blog from anywhere.

ozark blogging

This week, I’m on vacation in Branson, Missouri – high up in the Ozark mountains. It’s a cycling trip more than anything else – so I’m here with about 12 folks from the Minneapolis area – and we’ve met up with nearly 200 from surrounding communities for four days of mountain biking & road cycling. We’ll cover between 200 and 250 miles across the four days – less than what we would normally ride in four days – but there are mountains here, you see.

I generally travel with four key pieces of electronic equipment – my trusty Apple Macbook Pro (my main machine for just about everything – and the central piece of my office-based problogging rig), a Dell D620 Latitude Laptop (XP Professional) – which is used mostly for client work, and my Apple iPhone (principal cell phone and mobile email/web device)… Finally, I travel with a Sprint PCS EVDO Modem – which unfortunately now works only in the Dell laptop since Apple eliminated the PCMCIA slots in the Macbook Pros – and I’m too lazy to get the new express format EVDO card.

On the drive down, we were piled in a mini-van, with four passengers – with four bikes tacked on the back and a rear area full of gear, food, and luggage. Since I wasn’t driving, I spent most of the 11 hour drive through Minnesota, Iowa, and Missouri reading feeds, chatting on twitter, doing client work via the Dell laptop, and blogging on The Blog Herald and a few other places. It was a pretty productive time.

Via the iPhone, I was also able to handle some client conference calls and deal with a few other issues that weren’t fully wrapped up prior to my departure.

Once we arrived at the resort, we discovered, to my horror, that the lodge we were staying did not have wired or wireless internet as we were promised. While I was frustrated, the Sprint EVDO card works fine, and this morning as I sipped my morning coffee, I was able to skim feeds, participate in Twitter conversations, handle email, and write a few posts from the beautiful vantage point you see above before heading out today.

My point here is that with today’s technology – we’re able to blog and participate in conversations through tools like Twitter no matter our physical location – if we use the right tools. One can just as easily blog, or send tweets, from a mobile device or an iPhone, as they can from a computer or desktop PC – and who knows what tools the future might bring for us.

Even today we read about a man who used his mobile phone along with twitter to notify his friends of his arrest in Egypt. What might the future hold?

Do you have a mobile blogging experience? Share it in the comments below.