Flixwagon, citizen journalism, Mobile Web 2.0

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Continuing the theme as per my last post about grassroots political movements let by Mobile / Web 2.0 ..

My friend Xen Mendelsohn recently joined an exciting Israeli start-up called Flixwagon which has the strapline Life is a journey – broadcast it live

Flixwagon have introduced new technology that enable any 3G/WiFi user to broadcast live video from the mobile to the web by installing a small application on the mobile phone.

I have since been following flixwagon through posts from Xen which include a recent post called Walking the dog which Xen compares live video streaming to blogging and says

“What would happen if everyone, anywhere, could have their own live television station from a mobile phone? So I could broadcast something as banal as my walk with the dog, or citizens could go live in conflict zones?”

And rephrases to contrast with blogging

What would happen if everyone, anywhere, could have their own blog/online news site on the internet? So I could cover something as banal as my walk with the dog, or citizens could go live in conflict zones?

This whole idea of capturing content at the point of inspiration has been a driver for Mobile Web 2.0. In my book Mobile Web 2.0, I talked about the concept of ‘capturing content at the point of inspiration’ as being a big driver for Mobile Web 2.0. I also covered the same topic in a recent post called Mobile multimedia twitter .

The ideas are interesting even more so that live streaming is accomplished by companies like Flixwagon without a network upgrade / IMS.

Recently, MTV also used Flixwagon in it’s coverage of super Tuesday in an example of citizen’s journalism, Citizen Journalism.

Armed with Nokia N95 devices and Flixwagon, MTV’s street team went out to cover Super Tuesday from a first voters’ point of view using laptops and mobile devices. All videos were broadcasted to MTV’s website and every 30 minutes, edited snippets were broadcasted on TV. As the stats below show, the initiative was a success and gained a lot of traction.

As the penetration numbers of 3G/WiFi mobile increase globally, and fixed rate price plans become commonplace – as does the tendency to share content within a closed community – a trend which Nokia calls circular entertainment , citizen journalism may well be the next big thing.

Here are some stats from MTV re the Flixwagon initiative ..