This is a posting that has two parallel reasons for being on our blogsite. Partly I want to mention it for adding to the debate about digital convergence (our topics on Communties Dominate Brands, both the book and this blogsite); but also as it is another interesting phenomenon now with digital community behaviour.
So let me start by telling you what it is. Our friend Russell Buckley, an expert on mobile telecoms and regular blogger, at the Mobhappy blogsite, has created a "supergroup" of mobile telecoms experts to join in the "Carnival of Mobilists" where these experts can share in the best of their thoughts, blogs and insights. Russell has collected a very impressive set of truly world-class experts including several authors such as Mark Curtis, Ajit Jaokar (and myself) etc.
So, from the side of mobile phone evolution, this is a very fascinating weekly compendium of what is new and fascinating in mobile. As the contributors are each veterans of blogging on mobile, each brings in a readership. But in coming together we are all also then exposed to each others' most current ideas. I thank you Russell for inviting me, and will be honoured to contribute. Furthermore I think this is an excellent initiative for advancing the thoughts in mobile telecoms. I urge all visitors to our blogsite to go see it at the [Carnival of Mobilists]
Now separately, considering it from the communities dimension. This is a fascinating development. We have a group of a dozen of the leading thinkers in one area of technology (mobile telecoms) each probably "egotistically" wanting to promote their own thoughts and have gotten into blogging. Each has built a readership. Yet the natural instinct for all of us was to join with Russell's initiative immediately. Of course, I would be honoured to join and contribute. I think this reflects exactly that theme I've been arguing for a long time, that there is a fundamental shift going on with Generation-C (the Community Generation), in that before this decade it was "witholding information that was the source of power" but now, in the Connected Age, it truly is that "sharing information is power." I think this is the start of many such initiatives within given industries, where the leading thinkers soon find reading each others' blogs and eventually get together..
Great one, Russell, I hope the Carnival of the Mobilists will be a great success.