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I was at the Web 2.0 Summit party tonight where there were a bunch of geeks. It seemed like everyone I met had an iPhone. Of course not Robert Sears, Chief Architect of Multimedia Experiences at Nokia. I proudly showed him I hadn’t yet joined the iCult, even if the rest of my family had. Whew, dodged that one. I came real close to buying an iPhone tonight before the party.

Anyway Sears smiled when I asked him if Nokia had an answer to the iPhone. Ahhh, I love the smell of cell phone competition in the evening, don’t you?

Well, to the point of this post I got some famous geeks showing off their new iPhones.

Matt Cutts, famous Google blogger:

Matt Cutts, famous Google blogger

Tom Hale, Adobe senior vice president of Adobe’s Knowledge Worker Solutions Business Unit (he told me to ask Apple if Flash would be coming on the iPhone too):

Tom Hale, Adobe

Kara Swisher, technology columnist for the Wall Street Journal and co-founder of the famous “D” conference (the only one where Steve Jobs and Bill Gates appeared together on stage).

Kara Swisher, technology columnist for the Wall Street Journal

Danny Kolke, CEO of Etelos, makers of CRM for Google, among other cool Web services:

Danny Kolke, CEO of Etelos

More iCult photos coming as I catch famous geeks with their iPhones.

Sears will be happy to know that all of these photos were shot with a Nokia N95.

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Comments

  1. Aw man, don’t show me geeks holding phones, show me phones holding art. Like videos from BT’s album ‘This Binary Universe’.

    As an aside, we found a dog wandering around in the busy street and rescued it, spent the past couple days looking for the owner. The first use of the iPhone? Taking a picture and holding up the thing to various neighbors asking if they’d seen the dog.

    Interestingly enough, it hits a strong point with me. No one noticed.

    To be able to use new shiny technology in an ambivalent nonchalant and reflexive manner is how we can make progress.

    It might have the short term luster of the Holy TechnoPomPoms, but long term, we might just move ahead gracefully.

    That’s how we win.

  2. Aw man, don’t show me geeks holding phones, show me phones holding art. Like videos from BT’s album ‘This Binary Universe’.

    As an aside, we found a dog wandering around in the busy street and rescued it, spent the past couple days looking for the owner. The first use of the iPhone? Taking a picture and holding up the thing to various neighbors asking if they’d seen the dog.

    Interestingly enough, it hits a strong point with me. No one noticed.

    To be able to use new shiny technology in an ambivalent nonchalant and reflexive manner is how we can make progress.

    It might have the short term luster of the Holy TechnoPomPoms, but long term, we might just move ahead gracefully.

    That’s how we win.

  3. Eric sez: “Aw man, don’t show me geeks holding phones, show me phones holding art.”

    Love that! I agree. I also would love to see artists holding iPhones, N95s (I’m a Nokia gal, and seeing how I’m an artist myself these days rather than techie, I cannot justify buying an iPhone when my phone is perfectly fine).

    I can imagine what new uses musicians, videographers, DJs, fashion designers, chefs, sculptors, muralists, poets, and many others could whip up that takes advantage of spontaneity, presence, real-time interactivity aspects of these nimble “computers” in new ways.

    Yet the price points are somewhat prohibitive right now for all the artists I know to even play with them to conjure up mobile art.

    I have been dreaming (nothing has cried Eureka!) of coming up with a way to make these phones affordable to working artists; and do a kind of “exhibition Salon” to showcase mobile art.

  4. Eric sez: “Aw man, don’t show me geeks holding phones, show me phones holding art.”

    Love that! I agree. I also would love to see artists holding iPhones, N95s (I’m a Nokia gal, and seeing how I’m an artist myself these days rather than techie, I cannot justify buying an iPhone when my phone is perfectly fine).

    I can imagine what new uses musicians, videographers, DJs, fashion designers, chefs, sculptors, muralists, poets, and many others could whip up that takes advantage of spontaneity, presence, real-time interactivity aspects of these nimble “computers” in new ways.

    Yet the price points are somewhat prohibitive right now for all the artists I know to even play with them to conjure up mobile art.

    I have been dreaming (nothing has cried Eureka!) of coming up with a way to make these phones affordable to working artists; and do a kind of “exhibition Salon” to showcase mobile art.

  5. Evelyn, today I continued to make the rounds at the various groomers and animal hospitals with the picture of the dog we found, with full on “Have you seen this dog?” action in full effect.

    Not a damn person really noticed the phone. We just existed. “Wow, pretty dog” and “I think I might have seen her, are those paws white or grey?” etc.

    How unbelievably dull and normal. :)

  6. Evelyn, today I continued to make the rounds at the various groomers and animal hospitals with the picture of the dog we found, with full on “Have you seen this dog?” action in full effect.

    Not a damn person really noticed the phone. We just existed. “Wow, pretty dog” and “I think I might have seen her, are those paws white or grey?” etc.

    How unbelievably dull and normal. :)

  7. That is so awesome. So many geeks including the corporate level using iPhones. When Apple updates the iPhone to be more corporate friendly, the iPhone will be the best!

  8. That is so awesome. So many geeks including the corporate level using iPhones. When Apple updates the iPhone to be more corporate friendly, the iPhone will be the best!

  9. Sure, I’ve touched an iPhone. But I didn’t really get to play with one myself until I went the Apple store today. Guess my reaction is that it seems like a great entertainment/consumer device, but seeing as I do a lot of texting with a partner-in-rhyme and intend to be doing a lot of twitter poetry, the keyboard wasn’t something I could jam with. So for a “creator” device, I think I’m sticking to my Nokia. That and the camera, I wouldn’t recommend it for mobile, spontaneous art creation: at least not the 1.0 version. (For artists, it would be important that their stuff can be displayed and played with in cool ways on the phone, but that’s distribution, not creation.)

  10. Sure, I’ve touched an iPhone. But I didn’t really get to play with one myself until I went the Apple store today. Guess my reaction is that it seems like a great entertainment/consumer device, but seeing as I do a lot of texting with a partner-in-rhyme and intend to be doing a lot of twitter poetry, the keyboard wasn’t something I could jam with. So for a “creator” device, I think I’m sticking to my Nokia. That and the camera, I wouldn’t recommend it for mobile, spontaneous art creation: at least not the 1.0 version. (For artists, it would be important that their stuff can be displayed and played with in cool ways on the phone, but that’s distribution, not creation.)

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