Mobog Subject of Berkeley Research

Mobog MascotI get a lot of requests to bring back Mobog, the camera phone site I conceived and launched over a weekend in early 2004.

Mobog let you send in pictures from your camera phone and instantly post them to the community.  The site was popular but I took it down after a few years due to issues with hosting and porno (more on that here).

But I just thought of a way to solve those problems.  I’m thinking about working on a new version of Mobog this weekend, but I couldn’t remember everything it used to do: profiles, comments, private messages, etc.

So here I am searching the Web for screenshots and such, when I come across a mock business plan for a pretend photo sharing service called “PhotoCat.”  Apparently it was written as a Berkeley business school assignment (author unknown) and includes a complete description of Mobog, including screenshots, in the “comparative analysis” section here.

The question remains whether “Mobog 2008” would be as popular as Mobog 2004.  The truth is I do this stuff for fun and my own personal use, so if other people decide to use it, that’s just an added bonus.  Is it pretentious if I say I consider it “my art?”  I think so, so I won’t say it!

10 Responses to “Mobog Subject of Berkeley Research”

  1. 1 fan April 24, 2008 at 5:00 pm

    you’re cute! 🙂

  2. 2 mystic April 25, 2008 at 9:54 am

    Consider it an evolving experimental art project.
    Plant the seeds, watch it grow, see what it turns into. Go for it!

    As with all true art, the less restrictions, the better.

  3. 3 Jen April 28, 2008 at 8:13 pm


    If you’re really “iffy” about more penises showing up on the site, try to recruit moderators.

    But keep in mind… the reason a guy like you is loved by so many is because you represent something of a dying breed… guys who pioneer services and technology without really caring what the “PC” crowd has to say about it.

    You’ll soon be approaching a point in your life where the days ahead of you are fewer than the days already behind you… Don’t cave into the pressures of what “other people might think”.

    If you were just getting out of college and had to try to find a job, I could understand that you might be hesitant for Mobog to become another quasi-porn site… but you’re at a point where you are most likely independently wealthy enough to not have to lose sleep wondering what others think… and remember, there are a lot of people who *really* like you because you’re so “out there” with some of the stuff you do!


  4. 4 EJ April 29, 2008 at 12:22 pm

    Hey I’m pretty new to this site, just browsing some of the posts, but I think there is a definite market for this. I’m semi-impressed that you did it a few years ago and just dropped it especially after that FHM review. I recently interviewed with an SF video-hosting site that mentioned they were developing a program to do the same thing. I wish I had a program like that, and I wouldn’t be uploading my penis…

  5. 5 Fortis April 30, 2008 at 12:17 am

    Hey Pud,

    BRING BACK MOBOG! Rather than trying to moderate it, I would suggest adding a feature whereby certain users can “ignore” certain other users. This way people can choose to see what they want, and ignore what they don’t. Then, you could probably start pulling some data on which accounts are the “most ignored”, and those users are likely your violators/abusers. Either that, or they’re really just lame 🙂


  6. 6 Inachu April 30, 2008 at 9:52 am

    Bring back mobog?
    Heck Bring back the ole FC forums!
    They were fun as hell and craigslist is boring me to death.

  7. 7 Fortis April 30, 2008 at 1:39 pm

    Alright, so I may have started something here:

    It’s still early in the voting, but there seems to be some old timers that still have an interest. One other thing I was thinking, tangential to that point, is it would be pretty rockin if you could “reserve” logins for former users and let them register in advance.

    Let me know if you decide to move on this. I’d be happy to lend a hand- coding or otherwise.


  8. 8 Wil May 2, 2008 at 7:16 pm

    I second what Jen and Fortis said.
    Also what about an option to mark some photos with an “Adult” category? Also for this to work being able to set your profile to “under 18/21” or “+18/21” so these photos marked Adult don’t show up. Again for this to work, again, users should be able to “report” photos and videos as “inappropriate/adult” to pick up on the slack people not marking their content. Maybe after 3 to 5 strikes they their account gets put on hold for an amount of time as punishment…
    But thats just me, I’m interested in what happens with this. I’ll be keeping an eye out for any changes 😉
    I really think you should bring it back, I loved it when it was there…

  9. 9 Nick May 8, 2008 at 10:02 pm

    Glad to see Mobog is back man!!! I missed this site. Few things mite be cool to have if you make a profile Service Provider, Make and Model of phone. I would love to help with the site if you want shoot me an e-mail.

  10. 10 Mike Mondragon September 2, 2008 at 4:00 pm

    I wrote a PDF book about processing MMS in the Ruby language for use in Rails applications, etc.

    In the history of micro-blogging section we credit as the first micro-blog (hey Pud we asked you for a quote but you ignored us).

    Many people think that tumble-blogs are the first micro-blogs. But I think was the first.

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