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What Is a Moblog?

Information architect Adam Greenfield coined the term moblogging in November 2002. Greenfield helped create the First International Moblogging Conference a few months later, where organizers came up with this official definition:

Moblogging is a blanket term that covers a variety of related practices. At its simplest, moblogging (from "mobile web logging") is merely the use of a phone or other mobile device to publish content to the World Wide Web, whether that content be text, images, media files, or some combination of the above.

Several websites have sprung up that make it easy for consumers to publish their camera phone photos on the Internet via email. By registering on these sites, a user creates a moblog and becomes a member of what Buzznet president Marc Brown calls "a very active global community based on the shared language of photographs."

Is a moblog the same thing as a photoblog? Yes, many devotees use the term interchangeably. However, some photoblog creators don't rely solely on camera phones. More serious photobloggers post photos taken with a variety of camera equipment and place additional artistic efforts on composition and technique, such as those found on Photoblogs.org.

But that's not to say that you can't be serious about artistry with a camera phone. Many mobloggers who get in the habit of daily posting report that they begin to look at life differently and pay more attention to composition as they view the work of others.

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