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Moblog is about sharing, communicating, playing with new gadgets, and above all having fun!
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Happy 10th Birthday Moblog!

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10 years ago today, Moblog's first image was posted to the site. Can you believe it's been 10 years?

A huge thanks to all of you who have stuck with us!

When Moblog first launched, we called ourselves the "futurephone" community. Yet, mobile phone technology has changed dramatically over the last 10 years and transformed the entire digital landscape to be almost unrecognizable from when this community first started.

The key players in the cell phone space are no longer the hardware manufacturers of Finland and Japan, but the software giants of Silicon Valley. The term mobile, is no longer synonymous with simply phones, but an array of 'devices' in general - we've gone from pagers and 'dumb' phones, to smartphones and tablets. Even now, we're on the brink of witnessing new mobile device categories emerging in the form of smartwatches and smart glasses.

However, despite all this change, your support over the years has meant that Moblog is still here.

Yes, it's been a bumpy ride, but now we are busily planning the third version of this site. We don't know exactly what the future is going to look like but the journey of 1000 miles starts with a single step.

So, to celebrate 10 years of Moblog we're taking that step today by launching two new community blogs dedicated to app reviews for Android and iOS/Apple devices.

Posted by jc1000000
10th Nov 2013, 04:54  

crickson says:

Excellent stuff! Happy birthday moblog, and thanks to everyone whose hard work has made it possible. I've made a lot of friends here and had a lot of laughs. Looking forward to the next 10 years! :D

10th Nov 2013, 09:20

taniwha says:

10 years is a long time in internet years! We predate Facebook by a year and Twitter by three. It's been lots of fun over the years and has been an important log of my life and that of my family. Thanks all for making this a place that's worth belonging to.

10th Nov 2013, 12:29

jc1000000 says:

Ha! I love that Taniwha. I;m gonna use the dog analogy for my FB status update.

Cheers guys, thanks for the support as always. We really all sorta know each other now and that's a remarkable feat in itself, in pure internet terms.

Moblog also predates MySpace by a spell, and has more than earned it's stripes as a place for friends.

It's actually really interesting to compare how close together the development of all these sites were:
MySpace Timeline
Facebook Timeline
Twitter TImeline

10th Nov 2013, 15:49

mat says:

Ten years. Crazy.

Couldn't have happened without you guys. You're all awesome.

10th Nov 2013, 16:12

Euphro says:

Happy birthday Moblog! For me, being part of Moblog has been one of the defining experiences of the last decade. At an age when I might reasonably have let the technological world move on without me, creating my first Moblog thrust me right into the heart of some of its most important changes. I remember how nervous I was creating my first Moblog and making my first post. I've said this before, but Moblog really is unique. I've made wonderful, long-lasting friends, some of whom have helped me at very significant points in my life. Thank you all! Here's to the next 10 years!

10th Nov 2013, 16:29

nige says:

That's really something. Brings a smile. Congratulations Moblog, you really are the daddy.

10th Nov 2013, 16:49

jc1000000 says:

Word to that Euphro! Really lovely to hear you share your experience of Moblog - thank you.

LOL, it makes me a bit weepy to hear such stories about this beautiful little server, so I can only imagine what it means to Mat & Alfie and everyone, from users to mods, who have been posting here through thick and thin.

I'd really love to hear everyone's stories about what Moblog means to you if any of you care to share. It's soul food!

10th Nov 2013, 17:24

jc1000000 says:

High Five Nige! #winners of Shoot London!

10th Nov 2013, 17:27

jc1000000 says:

For myself I have had lots of wow moments with Moblog, but the two that stick out at this very minute, are when I travelled to San Jose for the first time and met MissPrettyPants and her husband and it struck me how only Moblog made it possible to travel to unknown lands and have a friendly face at the end of the journey. And also when I moved to NYC and I didn't know anybody and then Bronxelf came to my rescue - and soon after we spent thanksgiving together with Xalieri too, and there was an instant natural connection, like we had been family or friends for years.

Also, there's no doubt in my mind that I wouldn't be in New York now if it were not for Moblog. I remember sitting down with my former boss and he asked if I had any experience in community management, and I pointed to Moblog and said, everything I have learned about community, this community taught me.

What's your Moblog story? Please, please, please, don't be shy! On our anniversary, I can't tell you how lovely it is for us to hear from you today, and how important your personal stories are for determining the future of the site.

We have a talented team of eager youngsters who are ready to take Moblog forward. Your stories and messages of support are the most impactful way to convey how meaningful this site has been over the last decade and why we need to take it forward!

10th Nov 2013, 17:30

Wow ten years, Congratulations. For me I'm happy to say I have met and become friends with quite a few people here whom I consider real friends now. People who have helped me through some very difficult times. I've so enjoyed reading others blogs and perspectives and my photography took a real upturn. I learnt so much from the people here and had some really great times, meet ups, Shoot London and all that jumping!! Though not around at the moment, (family and work committments)I still prefer this place to any other on the internet. Thank you :D

10th Nov 2013, 19:49

Tori says:

Happy Birthday Moblog :)

10th Nov 2013, 20:10

EJ says:

Wow, happy 10th birthday Moblog. Double figures, eh?! Congratulations! I'm not here as often as I'd like but something always draws me back. Thank you for all the work that goes on in the background that makes that possible. Here's to the next 10!

10th Nov 2013, 20:43

Viv says:

Hey it took me to Toronto and Montreal and lots more. Many many friends.

Look forward to seeing it move on - will have to start preparing for the advent calendar!

10th Nov 2013, 20:53

Helen says:

Met so many people, most of whom are still around on the various networks. Just the two relationships.

My photography skills are slightly better honed than they would have been.

So many enjoyable competitions and games and a lot of puns.

Here's to whatever comes next...

10th Nov 2013, 22:12

Helen says:

(And I do keep trying to post, mainly by emailing from Instagram, but I forget it time it doesn't work andI'm not persistent enough.)

10th Nov 2013, 22:13

Steve says:

You guys made me a much better photographer, writer, and person. Happy memories.

10th Nov 2013, 23:39

Caroline(carolinenilson-at-gmail-dot-com) says:

Happy Birthday dear Moblog. Just what Steve said. Thanks for all the good laughs, & happy memories, at a time when I needed them the most. Hip hip YAY!

10th Nov 2013, 23:52

chris says:

+1 Steve.

Met lots of people through here, moved to Leeds partly as a result, and once ended up a party with Ron Jeremy....

Happy Birthday Moblog.x

11th Nov 2013, 08:13

Jane Doe says:

Many happy returns!

Looking forward to the advent Calendar, Viv : )

11th Nov 2013, 09:01

jc1000000 says:

Awesome! Great to hear these stories! Thanks for humoring me - and def want to hear more! (i always want more, consider me voracious in my appetite for feelgood sharing)

Viv - wheee, I'm pleased you're up for Advent again this year! I'll drop you a line on email about this - got a mini idea that I wanted to run by you.

Helen - thanks for persisting in the face of it all! Would def love to hear your thoughts about instagram at some point! I'm talking with developers about the possibility of photo filters, but it's not the highest priority to be honest. That said, I would love to know what you think of general interactions on there and whether you think of a photo centric design like Instagram (i.e. not much personalization options in the design).

Chris - I follow you on Twitter. For some reason the Twitter app has decided that your updates get pushed to my homescreen! Anyway, hope things are cracking in the SEO world. Adding "vehicle for meeting Ron Jeremy" to the list of inspirational reasons to maintain Moblog :)

Steve - That's awesome to hear and points to the core plan with the interim phase for the next few months - namely we're going to create content around helping people be better photographers and we also have a writer training program operating in the background. More details about that in a sec.

EJ, SLG, Jane & Caroline - thanks for showing up and spreading the love! Means a lot. Pleased Moblog has been a source of happy memories and, yes, here's to the next decade and whatever it brings!

11th Nov 2013, 18:07

jc1000000 says:

So, given the budgets we had for development and the amount of people working for nothing (i.e. everybody), the last 10 years can be considered an achievement - in human terms, if not "business" terms. As Mat said in his FB update, it might not have been the Glorious Success of our contemporaries, but it's been worth every minute and as you all have noted, a source of friendship - which you can't put a price on.

For now, we're going to continue to bootstrap the site and fix things piece by piece. I wanted to give you a quick rundown of what's been going on in the background and what's on the agenda for the rest of the year.

This year we managed to add a working capture which has reduced spam somewhat (but now it seems like we have an SMS spam problem - but hey, that's one less problem nonetheless). Also this year we have been doing our best to build a new staging version of the site so that we can begin to tackle various site issues on a piecemeal basis.

Yesterday we got the new review blogs up and running and put into action a plan to deliver a daily roster of review content. The former global editor of TheFullSignal, KnowYourMobile is now heading up our review content team and we have a working internship program for developing the editorial section of the site into a proper publication that is aimed at empowering users to get the best from their mobile phones.

We looked at the app review section and felt there was a lot more that could be improved in this area without too heavily distracting from the core user experience. We're going to focus on camera apps initially, but there's a lot of opportunity to review games and productivity tools too. We also plan to take some of the current groups and featured moblogs and editorialize them so that they become mini internal publications in themselves. The hope is that these also might form the basis to start bringing back photo competitions.

We're currently working on a bunch of interim designs to implement and freshen things up around here. Broadly speaking, they will not be a redesign, but an update of some design elements - groups and featured blogs like this one should get a new set of headers before the end of the year.

11th Nov 2013, 18:11

Euphro says:

+1 Steve also :D

11th Nov 2013, 19:23

Helen says:

JC -- The main thing Instagram has is ease of use on my mobile. It works every time and it's so easy to share across different social media sites. That's pretty much it. The filters are fun, the square uniform pictures make everything nice and neat but they are restrictive. It's no Flickr. The tags are great, but Moblog has those! (I mainly use the tags to look at other cats that look like my cats -- advantage of a mass usership, I can connect with other lilac kitten hosts across the world.)

12th Nov 2013, 21:28

jc1000000 says:

Thanks Helen - your comments sparked off a bunch of ideas! Fixing the sharing from MB to elsewhere is top of my list actually.

13th Nov 2013, 22:20

MaggieD says:

Sorry to have missed the anniversary, sadly RL got in the way.

Moblog has always been close to my heart since I joined as a result of the wonderful sense of community I encountered when I first started following NeutropenicAlex (the son of a friend of mine who signed up to Moblog when he first went into hospital to be treated for Leukemia). Moblog was amazing in the support it gave him (sadly he died) but there were others who also received similar support who survived. Remember Plotblogging, the Limesuckers Calender. Remember also Jump Month, many happy memeories.

These were in the days before Facebook and Twitter really took off. Moblog was a small caring community of online photo bloggers who really made a difference to a small number of people.

It is a shame that we have lost that sense of community, I just hope that it has been replicated elsewhere.

A Big Thank You to Matt, Alfie, JC and all those mobloggers who over the years have made me laugh, smile and just be grateful to be part of a wonderful caring community. Sail on Moblog.

MaggieD

17th Nov 2013, 17:35

jc1000000 says:

Thanks for sharing your Moblog story Maggie. And a Big Thank You right back at you!

There's lots in what you said - for me, a good reminder that features aren't everything. And as you said, making a difference is what counts, regardless of how many people are touched by the experience.

For what it's worth, it does seem like the community has been replicated elsewhere - loads of us are connected on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

18th Nov 2013, 17:14

MaggieD says:

Good to hear that many members of moblog have found an alternative sense of community on Twitter, Facebook and instagram. Personally I don't think any of those sites give the same sense of close community that Moblog did in it's heyday. I enjoyed creating my weekly cartoon for the site, sadly those days are long gone but I still drop by every now and again to see if there is fodder for a bit of silliness.

19th Nov 2013, 19:23

Dhamaka says:

yay moblog! Agree to an extent with Maggie, but all things change and we're still here - congratulations guys!

20th Nov 2013, 12:58

Gabby(rd1iuijw4fc-at-hotmail-dot-com) says:

What's it take to become a sublime exdepnuor of prose like yourself?

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