Thursday, August 28, 2008
One Small Asterisk, One Leap For Digital Media
By David Berkowitz
Here's one of those moments when you realize how quickly media is changing: when registering with a content-sharing community, an email address is optional, but a mobile phone number is required.
That's what I found when signing up for Zannel. Not long ago, such sites wouldn't even ask for your mobile number, but now it's all they need. All that changed here was the position of an asterisk, but it signified something much bigger. Mobile phones, which a couple years ago seemed ill-suited for anything but talking (and many couldn't do that particularly well), are becoming the default content production and distribution devices for millions of consumers.
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