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This is how a mobile brand dies…

Mike Butcher, writing on TechCrunch UK:

Over the weekend parts of London descended into chaos as riots and looting spread after a protest organised around the yet unexplained shooting of a man by Police. Of course, there was huge amounts of chatter on social networks like Facebook and Twitter, with the latter coming under enormous amounts of criticism from the UK press for fuelling the fire. But while Twitter has largely been the venue of spectators to violence and is a handy public venue for journalists to observe, it would appear the non-public BlackBerry BBM messaging network has been the method of choice for organising it.

I think we can safely say the business brand value cachet of owning a BlackBerry is done.

From business essential, to tool of rioters to irrelevance…

UPDATE: Some think this is good news for BlackBerry and RIM

Quick Capture: today’s anti-cuts protests on an iPhone

At lunchtime today’s anti-cuts protest passed Estates Gazette’s offices in Holborn. I couldn’t resist nipping out to grab a little footage and see how quickly I could turn it around. Just two pieces of kit involved – my iPhone 4 and my MacBook Pro. This is the result:

Method:

  1. Shot on an iPhone 4, handheld, at 720p
  2. Imported into MacBook Pro
  3. Edited in iMovie, using image stabilisation. Analysed for stabilisation on import.
  4. Uploaded to Vimeo using tethered iPhone (on the 3 network)

Total time from import to online was under 30 mins. The major delay way the analysing for stabilisation on import, which accounted for nearly half of that time. I suspect I could have brought the time down significantly by only analysing the clips I actually used (the bus sequence at the beginning was much longer, and I suspect accounted for most of the 16 minutes analysis time).

 

Ease Up On Facebook Blocks?

Facebook on the iPhone

So much for the idea that businesses should be using Facebook-like news feeds. Auntie Beeb thinks we should be using Facebook itself:

And while more work-specific systems, such as LinkedIn or bespoke in-house software tended to be used for work matters, the likes of Facebook, Bebo and MySpace still had a place, said Peter Bradwell, a Demos researcher and the report’s author.
“Banning Facebook and the like goes against the grain of how people want to interact. Often people are friends with colleagues through these networks and it is how some develop their relationships.”

Of course, as one would expect, this is a horribly shallow rendering of a much more complex report, which you can snag from the Demos site

UPDATE: Alan at Broadstuff highlights some of the problems with this argument.