Nokia is clearly onboard with philosophies of our book and blog. Nokia has now launched its web service which they call Ovi (Finnish for "door"). It is amongst other things a music service (ie goes against Apple iTunes) but is also a picture sharing service (Flickr), gaming etc. Lets see how it plays in the market.
In some ways I think the early signs were there that Nokia was interested in this space from the multiplayer gaming they explored with the N-Gage gaming phones and their rapid entry into the blogging phenomenon with Nokia Lifeblog.
But as Alan and I say, digital communities are the future, the customer of the future is Generation C (Community Generation) and while they of course are a multi-platform digital generation, the preferred gadget of Gen-C is the mobile phone. In fact at the iMobicon conference last week, Ted Matsumoto the Sr VP of Softbank (Japanese mobile operator that took over Vodafone/J-Phone), said that of all technologies to use for communication, the mobile phone is the only indispensible technology. Indispensable. I like that..
Nokia the biggest phone maker now becomes a digital community host as well. Sounds like a smart move in my book...