If you are a blogger and is someone who likes to blog from the couch or while you are on the move, then you must surely be a fan of the WordPress mobile apps for iOS, Android or Blackberry platforms. Automattic, the company responsible for the world’s most popular blogging platform; WordPress, has announced an imminent update to their iOS app that will bring video uploading functionality to the iPhone and iPad. The updated app will let users capture videos from their iPhone and upload it to their WordPress blog without having to go through the ritual of uploading it to YouTube and embedding.
While this is definitely an interesting update, Mobiputing reminds us that the iOS app is still a notch lower in functionality in comparison to the Android and Blackberry apps. This is because the iOS app does not have the functionalities like hyperlink buttons, text formatting options including the ability to bold, italicize or underline texts. That’s a pity.
Telenav, the Sunnyvale based maker of GPS Navigator might probably be looking at location-based blogging as the next logical step in their product diversification. In a patent filed earlier this month, the inventors from the company have described a technology that will help users create and read location-based blog entries.
What exactly is location-based blogging? Telenav inventors explain that in the current scenario, users can geotag any of the multimedia that they wish to share. While this is interesting to the readers, it is not particularly useful if a reader is looking at particular location based information. For instance, a user might want to take a look at all pictures taken from the top of the Empire State Building. Telenav sees location-based blogging as being able to categorize geotagged multimedia and offer valuable content to the readers. The inventors write
“a need remains for a mobile location based blogging system to efficiently create, populate and manage location-based blogs and to make the process of creating new User Generated Content for those location-blogs. In view of the ever-increasing added features desired by consumers in their mobile client devices, it is more and more critical that answers be found to these problems.”
The inventors explain the process with the help of an illustration
“FIG. 6A displays a street map on the multimedia display interface 210 of the client 102 of the general purpose mobile location-blogging system 100. In another example, FIG. 6B illustrates a set of general purpose location-blogs in a list format on the multimedia display interface 210 of the client 102.”
“n FIG. 6C and 6D, therein are illustrated the multimedia display interface 210 of a location-blog entry. For example, in an operation with update location-blog command, the client 102 can accept a location-blog command user input and a multimedia user input that can include a video recording, audio recording, image, text, multimedia data, or any combination thereof. The location-blog command and the multimedia data are sent to the server 104 of FIG. 2 in the server request 202 of FIG. 2. The server 104 can create a new location-blog entry that is associated with the new multimedia data. “
GPS-based blogging appears to be an interesting invention which can be quite popular. What is your view on this? Let us know in the comments.