Google’s Blogger Mobile Relaunched
You would have read about the “new” Google service called Blogger Mobile where you need to do to use it is send an email or MMS from your phone to firstname.lastname@example.org – your blog is automatically created, and whatever text or photos (or both) you send in the message becomes your post.
Before you say “This is cool” – think again. Such a service existed even when Google purchased Blogger from Pyralabs. It just had a different name Mail-To-Blogger – I really see no difference in Blogger Mobile and Mail-To-Blogger except that the former automatically create a blog for you the first time you use it and it send you confirmation notices of your posts.
Such kind of marketing is rarely seen from Google which itself admits the similarities in the two features. Once you have a blog set up, posting through email@example.com will be equivalent to posting with your Mail-to-Blogger address (since Mail-to-Blogger now supports image attachments).
This service is not for everyone having a mobile phone. It will work with your phone if you are a US customer of Verizon, AT&T, Cingular, Sprint, or T-Mobile.
Photos are currently limited to 250K in size each. If you exceed that, your message will bounce and let you know so that you can try again with a smaller picture.
I still don’t find any convincing reason to switch from Flickr which has tons of mobile blogging features. You can even surf Flickr from any web-enabled cell phone or PDA: just go to http://flickr.com/mob/ on the web browser. Take a peek at all the Flickr Tools.
Amit Agarwal is a Desktop Search enthusiast and dedicated blogger – read his personal blog, The Indian Blogger