Become a war photographer, with a cellphone

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Mobile phone users are so eager to take pictures and share them that it’s quite unusual that no company has ever tried to monetize this “citizen” picture media…

What am I saying? CellJournalist demonstrates the opposite.

The startup is providing upload space for every one who wants to monetize videos and photos taken from the mobile phones, their traditional camera or directly from PC. People can set their own prices, and might choose royalty-free pictures to sell them on different platforms.

Audio files are missing in the accepted format. Something quite surprising, as voice calls could also be recorded and are getting cheaper and cheaper. Just imagine how many people could become a journalist at the World Cup in Germany.

Anyway, CellJournalist’s business model combines citizen journalism and monetization technique based on the long tail concept. Netflix and Apple iTunes have based their success on the same techniques. Of course, we wish it a very very good luck and above all a “be damn quick”, before Google, Yahoo, AOL, Windows Live, YouTube, Flickr decide to push harder in this direction. (via mobilecrunch)

Jun 11, 2006 | By Nuno

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