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Textamerica MoBlog Developer API


Textamerica has released their new developer api for mobloggers. They are also giving a $500 prize to the first 20 applications (with source code) which we deem to be the most useful to the Textamerica Community as a whole.

The first example app is a Textamerica4j by David Czarneck.

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Textamerica MoBlog Developer API was first published on April 15, 2005.

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I'm generally confused over what it means to moblog, and how to do it. And I haven't yet found any comprehensive overview, tutorial, etc.

As far as I know, a moblog is made by taking photos with your cell phone, sending them to some address, and then automating their inclusion on web page as a blog entry.

So I thought, here's a problem, how can I solve it? Looking at my Sprint PCS cell phone I found that when I email the photo to myself, the received email contains a thumnail of the image in the message and a pointer to the larger image on the Sprint website. I figured out how to parse the email to obtain the pointer URL, and then use the UUID-like information in the pointer to isolate the exact image location. To implement my own moblog-like API, the next step would be to retrieve the image binary and store it locally, followed the the automated generation of a new blog entry having the local photo as the blog body and the original email message subject as the blog title.

Now this seems like a very precarious solution. For one, if anything in the way Sprint makes the photos available changes, i.e. the pointer url style changes, then my adhoc moblog API would break. Further, this doesn't even begin to address what to do I wanted to add moblogging for my wife's Verizon phone.

Is there any standardization on how cell phone photos are handled by vendors like Sprint or Verizon? Do they have official API's on how to access the images?

Mystefied by moblogs,
by Steven Erat on 04/15/2005 at 3:02:31 PM UTC
Steven, From my understanding you could use textamerica's api as an abstraction layer.

I am not really into moblogs (because my camera phone sucks - sony ericson T610), so I haven't actually used it. But it looks like you just create an account, and they give you a special email address to post to, and they take care of extracting the image from the email for you.

You could then use their new API to grab the photo, and post to your blog.
by Pete Freitag on 04/15/2005 at 3:16:10 PM UTC
Agree with Steve. I want to send pics taken with my motorola v710 verizon phone directly to my typepad powered blog. Why can't I do that? Any tips?
by Erra on 05/11/2005 at 11:17:09 PM UTC