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Gawker Media Launch Text Message Subscriptions

Just yesterday I was speaking with a friend who is in telecommunications about how I thought that one of the areas bloggers would explore would be syndicating their content to cell phones and today I see that Gawker Media have just announced that very service for two of their blogs, Gawker and Defamer. They write:

‘Gawker and Defamer proudly present the next step in content delivery evolution: Gawker and Defamer daily text alerts. Subscribe today for a daily injection of pure, unfiltered gossip, sent directly to your mobile phones and free of the traditional time-wasting trappings like pictures and full sentences. When your marriage proposal is interrupted by a poorly timed anecdote about Kiefer Sutherland acting drunk, you’ll wonder how you ever lived without them!

The cost of the subscription is $4.99 per month and for that price subscribers get 15-20 alerts per month.

This was always going to happen and I suspect will be something that more blog networks will position themselves for in the year ahead.

found via Gawker

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Comments

  1. This is awesome news. There’s a massive mobile community that needs to be tapped in. Make blogging so much worth while.

    I’ll be looking into this further for my own research.

    Thanks again Darren

  2. shawn says:

    Yahoo has RSS alerts for mobile phones but I wasn’t real happy because the full message isn’t delivered. Otherwise it would be a very cool service that would definitely expand the blogosphere.

  3. Declan says:

    Having worked in two of the major teleco’s in Australia I can tell you that this was on the cards for some time. It really is a natural progression to blogging/RSS. Although I am still waiting for a program which allows me to ‘synch’ my ‘breaking news’ RSS feeds with my computer so I can preview them and clip/blog them for later viewing.

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  5. Charles says:

    Check out WINKsite (WINK = Wireless Ink). They provide all sorts of excellent mobile web features, including a feed reader, which makes it easy to access any blog feed on a mobile phone with web access. You should make sure your site is in their mobile directory.

    There’s also a few other RSS to SMS services out there, like FeedBeep.