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Monday, 07 Oct 2002

Tools: Surfin' the News with Sidekick

T-Mobile's Sidekick
We’ve been using T-Mobile’s new Sidekick ($199, manufactured by Danger) for the past week. From what we’ve experienced, it should be a dream come true for news organizations. Although only about as big as a bar of soap it has all the ingredients (web, e-mail, AOL IM, phone) to be spectacular. If we were heading up a large news organization, every one of our employees would be using a Sidekick right now.  And it wouldn’t be long until we figured a way to encourage our audience to get their hands on it too. Here’s why:

  • It’s always connected to the Internet.
  • It will spawn innovation. A device this portable and usable will get your information closer to the consumer during their daily lives. It allows them to instantly read and respond.
  • Sidekick owners have the potential to become a massive collaborative reporting tool working in real-time. Where’s the traffic jam? What’s the score of the high school basketball game? What’s the price of gas at your local station? Did you just see a funnel cloud?

  • While the ultimate implications for news are not clear, devices like this are exciting because they will undoubtedly create unexpected consequences for news like the video camera or cell phone. And that alone is worth the price of admission. By the way, if you’re looking for a review on the Sidekick try WSJ’s Walter Mossberg.

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    Posted on Oct 07, 2002 | 2:00 pm EST
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