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First impressions of Bobba.com – Habbo for adults?

Posted by Janne Saarikko on April 9, 2009

Sulake, the creator of Habbo and ruler of IRC-Galleria,  has come up with a new service (in public beta), Bobba.

Screenshot of www.bobba.com on Nokia E71

Screenshot of http://www.bobba.com on Nokia E71

According to their website, Bobba is “a pocketsize virtual world for Nokia phones, iPhone and iPod Touch.”  At this point there is only Nokia version of the software available.

Bobba is an application that works only on your mobile phone. You need to download and install it, and then you connect to the service using your existing data plan.

What is it really?

I’ve been using Bobba now for a while (was registered user #120 or something) and also having discussions in Qaiku with other users.

In Bobba you have your own room that you can decorate and construct with some given elements. You also have your own avatar that can move from one room to another.

With your avatar, you can talk to other people in the room, walk around and sit.

That’s pretty much how I’ve understood Bobba.

So what do I think about Bobba?

I think a lot.

First of all, I fully understand how Habbo works. It’s a great concept for “the young” to communicate and hang around. Actually, it works propably for lot of the older people as well.

With http://www.bobba.com, I don’t get the point. Before you get mad at me let me explain.

Bobba is mobile, which means you can participate when you are away from your desk. Fine. But you can’t participate from your computer. I was bobbaing from the office, and I had to use my tiny cell instead of the big screen with full keyboard and mouse. Why?

If making your own room look nice is a key feature, why there is no easier way to do it?

Besides of playing Fab5, all you can do is to chat with the people in same room. When you chat, you need to meet with the other people in the same place (room), at the same time. The messages you write will disappear when new ones appear on the screen. What did we talk about 10 minutes ago? Can’t return to that discussion.

Now how 1990s is that? Can you expect a group of adults get online just for a chat, and agree the time beforehand through some other media? I think there are many other more effective ways to practice social interaction, online and offline. It’s hard to see any good community building features in Bobba.

And don’t get me wrong. I’d like to think myself as an early adapter. One part of my job is to try to find new exciting business models and market them effectively. I’m not being jealous, and I always try to find the potential in any service.

This time it’s too hard. With the current offering, I can’t see the hook.

Then again, the hook may not be visible to us yet. Maybe it has something to do with adult entertainment? Maybe they start offering commercial “items” and give them out for free for the community leaders. Just need the community first.

Ok, peeps. That’s my first thoughts and experiences. Please prove me wrong. I’m more than happy to tell the world about great things coming out.

In these times we need positive news. Please.

EDIT: I have to mention that Arctic Startup wrote about this earlier. I didn’t read the article before I wrote mine, but now I have to say that I’m not alona with my opinion.

EDIT2: More interesting stuff, an article and Sulake interview by Virtual Worlds News.

EDIT3: Bobba in Twitter

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The coolest phone ever? The Lego Phone!

Posted by Janne Saarikko on February 11, 2009

The hottest mobile rumour for a while. Alcatel and Lego are bringing out a mobile phone that looks like a Lego block.

Yes, it’s true…the rumour is there, I mean.

If this is true, can you imagine every kid in the world wanting one? No, more like can you imagine every marketing/advertising/creative geek wanting one, especially if you can make your own look by changing the various plastic bits into your own…?

The story came via BGR, who has also pics on this great thingy.

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World’s first MOBILE Ignite

Posted by Janne Saarikko on October 9, 2008

Things happen in Finland again.

The eager activists of Helsinki startup scene arranged the world’s first mobile version of Ignite event. Ignite concept, something similar to Pecha Kucha, is a series of presentations where the presenter has exactly 5 minutes to go through exactly 20 slides, each showing exactly 15 seconds.

This first mobile ignite took place in a bus heading from Helsinki to Tampere for Mindtrek 2008 event.

This presentation was videoed by Floobs, so you can check the 5 minutes through if you so wish.

Persons in the video in order of appearance are: Kai Lemmetty (Floobs, cam+first comment), Ville Vesterinen (Nordkapp/Arctic Startup), Antti Akonniemi (Kisko Labs) and Jussi Laakkonen (Everyplay).

There’s more of these mobile Ignite’s coming up, go check their website.

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Nokia Open Lab 08

Posted by Janne Saarikko on September 10, 2008

I have a great priviledge to attend a global Nokia workshop on mobile future. The event is called Nokia Open Lab 08 and it will be focusing on mobile future and co-creation of media.

There are several ways to follow the event online. I personally will be posting on Jaiku channel http://jaiku.com/channel/Nokia and so will many others, I believe.

More info from Nokia site http://events.nokia.com/openlab/

There’s pretty much fuzz going on about this, so let’s hope this will be a good one!

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Changing focus

Posted by Janne Saarikko on August 15, 2008

Like you may have noticed, I’ve been quite quiet here lately. There is a good reason for that. I’ve taken up a new innovative project from the construction industry. Earlier this spring we started a new business, which is taking a big part of my time. If you want to see how our new business Riqq Innovations is proceeding, you can find more information through Riqq website or Construction Data blog.

This doesn’t mean that Ekana would disappear.

Ekana still does interesting projects, seeking first-in-the-industry solutions. So far we have some very interesting experiences related to design, fashion, restaurants, retail, construction and new sofware business concepts.

We are also interested in offering marketing/strategy/business planning support for emerging startups. And that’s not for money, but for passion.

If you have good and exciting projects, let us know… ;-)

I have personally been very active with different social media and mobile concepts lately. Finland is bubbling with so many interesting concepts and startups… I just love to use all the different services, but also to actively network with people building the new services.

Couple of examples from Finland:

  • Zipiko  - A short term meeting arrager service
  • Joikuspot - Mobile connection sharing
  • Scred - Community cost-balancing (trust network)
  • BusinessPort - Online project management service
  • TripSay - A travel community

I will also keep on blogging in Finnish in my Kauppalehti blog Emmekö Me Ymmärrä? and couple of other blogs.

Now, after writing this update, I don’t have to worry about not writing here… Right?

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