A funeral home in Hollywood, California reports that under-40s are taking their Blackberries with them when they go. I mean really go, as in dead. Sort of gives new meaning to the word mobile.
One guy even had his GameBoy put in his casket. This trend apparently started in the UK, Australia, and South Africa and is spreading to the US. Mobile technology is not only changing the way we live, it’s changing the way we die, too. I’ve started a new mobile technology links site, mobilejprof.com, where Jim Stovall and I are exploring the impact of mobile technology on church, journalism, and culture. Drop in sometime and tell me how you think mobile technology is and will change us. Should be an interesting conversation.
I got tired of lugging my laptop to meetings, so I got a Blackberry before I went to NOC2008 in San Diego. Of course, when I got there, everyone I saw had an iPhone or a BB, so I’m not exactly on the cutting edge here, but I’m still impressed. I had no idea you could do almost everything on a mobile device, which brings me to the point — take the quantum leap and make everything you do mobile. Here’s what I mean:
- Redesign your blog. I realized that I had to scroll down the left column of my blog on my BB before I got to the middle column where my posts are. I’m rethinking my blog design and hope to find a more mobile-friendly design. But, I actually posted to the blog from my mobile.
- Redesign your website. Same problems as above, only more so. Mobile delivery is how most people will get their content soon (Asia already does this), so your site needs to display well on mobile devices.
- Blog on Twitter. I hadn’t realized the value of Twitter until I got a BB. Very convenient, to the point, and fast. Look for more bloggers to go this way (okay, I know they’re already going this way — check Ed Stetzer, for example.) Twitter also posts to Facebook — two birds with one stone.
- Chunk-up your content. Shorter is better on mobiles, I’ve discovered. Chunk-up content into bite-sized pieces. Forget the 3,000 word posts.
- Checkout the apps stores for mobile devices. Lots of good apps including searchable Bibles, ebooks, weather, news updates, and tons more. You’re no longer tethered to the lappy or the desktop.
Okay, some of you are way ahead of me on this. How are you using your smartphones in ministry? What apps have you downloaded and how do you use them? Is anyone out there all mobile all the time?