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    The list of supported devices aren't listed yet:

    From what I read, this thing works with other blog apps (Splashblog isn't listed in story...see uporrted devices above) but not sure in what capacity.

    Mobile phones as blog tools
    By Dawn C. Chmielewski, Mercury News
    March 31, 2005

    A new technology expected to launch in April promises to turn cellular phones into mobile blogging tools.

    The application, called "Rabble,'' streamlines the now-cumbersome process for publishing text or images from a cell phone to a Weblog. It also creates a way to search mobile blogs for items of interest -- from homes for sale in a particular neighborhood to updated tour information for a favorite band.

    "This is a personal publishing platform,'' said Shawn Conahan, chief executive of Intercasting, the San Diego start-up that created Rabble.

    The creators of Rabble see the software as more than a mere mobile blogging tool. It combines the social-networking aspects of a Friendster with the enhanced search capabilities of a Google. A major national wireless phone carrier is expected to offer Rabble next month for a monthly fee.

    So in addition to creating original content, Rabble subscribers will be able to use their phones to find and read mobile blog posts from magazines like "Spin.'' They can follow the exploits of budding celebrities like singer-songwriter Aslyn or the social commentary of Stowe Boyd. And, as with traditional blogs, mobile users can subscribe to the content to receive the latest posts automatically.

    The Rabble software works with other popular blogging applications, such as Blogger and Live Journal. That means a photo taken with a camera phone can be published to an Internet blog. Or text written on the computer can be published for the phone reader.

    Conahan envisions people using Rabble to publish content that has local relevance -- real estate agents posting photos of listings in each neighborhood or citizen journalists publishing breaking news to their blogs.

    "Ted Turner had CNN, all news, all the time, 24 hours to fill,'' said Conahan. "This is what the mobile version of that looks like, when you've got all these amateur reporters, stringers, blogger types in the field, capturing news as it happens.''

    Location-based services

    All the content published with Rabble has a location associated with it, to take advantage of an emerging class of wireless features known as location-based services. Only Nextel and Cingular currently offer location-based services.

    But the service expected to become more widely available. This would allow people of common interests to find one another in a community -- because the blog posts can be searched both by topic and region.

    Michael McGuire, a research director of GartnerG2 in San Jose, said Rabble's immediacy is bound to appeal to the growing ranks of bloggers. He can see subscribers to a Sacramento Kings blog using the technology to alert one another when post-season tickets go on sale in San Jose.

    "I've been blogging about Amos Lee,'' said McGuire of the musician. "I find out he's got an extra show or he's doing a store opening. Picture, boom. There are all kinds of visual queues all of us, as tribe members, will relate to.''

    Emerging competition

    Yankee Group analyst Su Li Walker said Rabble will soon have competition from major players such as Yahoo, which are expected to offer similar services to blog wirelessly.

    "Wherever you are, you can stop and take a picture, you can blog. It's the convergence of all the devices,'' said Walker. "Blogging presents another platform where they're all meeting. You have the PC, and you've got your phone. Different tools you can use online that you can use anywhere you are.''

    Walker said Intercasting's true coup may be finding a way to make money on blogging. Wireless phone carriers are expected to charge $3 monthly subscription fees to access mobile blog posts.

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    Thanks for the information

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