Too Mobile?

I know… I said I would be posting more and I haven’t. I’m sorry. Even this post is something I meant to post in late December and am just now getting around to it. My hope is to start posting some content I’ve written over the past couple of years that I think would be interesting to everyone here.

But for now, let me observe on how this mobility revolution thing is working out for me.

December is a time of year when I do a lot of work with photos. My favorite site for this kinda thing is Shutterfly. Every year we use them for our Christmas cards, and then I make a bunch of personalized calendars as gifts. The last few years I’ve also been making Christmas tree ornaments to capture the main events of the year so each year when we decorate the tree we can be reminded of the wonderful memories from past years.

Anyway, all of this means that during December I ask people to e-mail me photos to use in gifts for particular people. This year is the first year that I’ve noticed that everyone embracing mobility has really caused a problem for me. You see, when someone e-mails me a picture, then I get it on my computer. I can store it in the right folder. Perhaps do some editing, if necessary. Then upload it to Shutterfly for use in the project.

This year, several times, I was frustrated because I asked people to e-mail me photos, but instead they texted them to me. Of course, I’m not surprised that the photos I asked for were sitting on their smartphones, since that’s pretty much the only camera the vast majority of us use anymore. But when I ask someone to e-mail me a picture, and it seems to me that it is just as easy to e-mail as it is to text, and multiple people text me the picture instead, then that is telling. It seems to me a strong indication that we are well into the post-PC era. (BTW – these are not tech early adopters, these are clearly mainstream tech users.) Mobile devices have replaced our desktop devices. We apparently have also entered the post-email era. (BTW – these are not millennials I’m talking about either, each of the people who texted me photos instead of e-mailing them is roughly my age.)

My frustration stems from how much harder it is for me to get the photos into my routine when they are texted to me, but my fascination stems from watching how the mobility revolution has impacted basic behaviors of mainstream consumers. It’s amazing how fast we adopt and adapt.

2 Responses to “Too Mobile?”

  1. Can you save photos from texts to Dropbox? That’s what I tend to do when I get them. Not “extremely intuitive”, but at least I can get them in a place where I know I can easily access them anywhere.

  2. Russ says:

    Thanks Nathan. That would be one way to do it. Instead, I simply e-mailed the photo to myself to get it from my phone to my computer. Either way it’s an extra step or two.

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