Daily Archives: August 23, 2005

3 posts

How will handhelds reshape our culture?

Here’s a review of a book about handhelds and Japan called Personal, Portable, Pedestrian: Mobile Phones in Japanese Life at WIRED: http://www.wired.com/news/culture/0,1284,68537,00.html?tw=rss.TEK The Japanese word for cell phone — keitai, meaning “something you carry with you” — provides a hint about its role within Japanese culture. Over time, mobile devices in Japan have come to be perceived not so much as bundles of technical features, or tools for replicating PC functions from the road, but personal accessories that help users sustain constant social links with others. So it’s not about technology but about the social connection. What else might fall […]

Alexandrian Launches IM Reference

http://theloudlibrarian.net/2005/08/im-reference-is-here.html What a nice post that illustrates so much of what we must do to insure an effcetive rollout of such a service: “I updated our website, updated our blog, and began talking up the service with a few teens, who immediately indicated that it was really cool, and they would totally use it.” A PowerPoint is included as well.