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The Future of Moblogs

Although most moblog sites are free, there is much talk of developing premium services that may require a fee in the future. For now, the sites engage in a delicate balancing act to keep advertising to a minimum. Many vow to never allow annoying banner ads and pop-ups to intrude upon the experience.

Another interesting trend to watch will be how moblogs affect journalism. With the technical capability to post current events and natural disasters, will mobloggers create their own news reports? Some newspapers include a section for their online readers to post photos. The San Diego Tribune has a section to post surfing photos, available at http://www.signonsandiego.com/citysearch/feature/460/mmarchive.html.

With several moblog communities already in full swing, more are sure to follow. Business applications are becoming more apparent as real estate agents snap photos of properties and law-enforcement officers investigate ways to use the technology. Buzznet and Textamerica both make their software available for licensing to corporations.

As Bob Schaefer, a brand new moblogger in Virginia, says, "Blogs like this that interconnect individuals are really an exciting new frontier."

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