While everyone is swarming around the Web 2.0 conference today, yesterdays Mobile 2.0 conference1 was a more calm event that showed off some interesting mobile startups and examined trends like mobile-created content2, access to the web via cell phones and mobile browsers.
Regardless, while Web 2.0″ companies3 are getting a rush of funding, mobile content companies are starting to following the same path. I was chatting with Anurag Nigam, the CEO behind the mobile search service 411Sync4, about if there would ever be a day where the idea of Mobile 2.0 is as big as Web 2.0. Its getting there, he says. Vodafones Dan Appelquist, who helped organize the event says on his blog that the conference helped him realize that we are at a turning point for the mobile Web5. But he also adds while hes live-blogging from Web 2.0 that the message of Mobile 2.0 isnt being heard at Web 2.0.
Dr Paddy Byers had an extensive report on the event: The community is still at the stage of understanding whats happening in mobile, the degree to which regular web technologies apply, and starting to learn about the barriers and opportunities there are. Ask two people what they think Mobile2.0 means and you will get different answers. His conclusion: There are many parallels between the mobile web today and the embryonic web of 1994: its too slow, there are walled gardens, poor interoperability, accessibility problems and child content protection issues. However, in many respects the prospects are a lot better: there is much more content, more and better equipped developers, business models and mature industry; the content includes rich applications, not just a web of documents; and there are billions of potentially connected users for whom web access isnt a novelty These are the factors that will lead the mobile web to be truly ubiquitous and productive.
So, two conferences and many stories. More importantly, they both give a glimpse of tomorrows world which will really be the Mobile Web 2.0.
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