Saturday, October 21, 2006

Mobile Video Calling Part II -- See & "Share" What I'm Seeing

Yesterday, I responded in detail to Luca Filigheddu's recent post about 3G video calling and whether compelling use cases exist for video calling from mobile devices. I believe there are (with a resounding "yes"), that we have not even begun to scratch the surface of this opportunity (we just lack sufficient quality, ease of use and marketing at this point), and that mobile video calling represents an incredibly vast and compelling value proposition (and, hence, business opportunity) both for consumers and the SMB/enterprise market.

Yesterday, I also discussed this topic with friend, noted blogger and overall tech expert and thought leader Ken Camp. I will not steal too much of Ken's thunder, because I expect him to chime in on this debate as well. But, in our conversation, I believe Ken may have crystalized the mobile video calling opportunity for consumers best in the following way -- i.e., mobile video calling enables users to "share life events" as they happen.

In other words, mobile video calling uniquely enables spontaneity (flexibility and freedom are some other good words to describe this). Now, no matter where you are, you can share any moment with anyone else and enable them to "see what I'm seeing."

That is quite -- yes, to once again use one of my favorite words -- "revolutionary."