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Saturday
Nov152003

Spontaneous Bluejacking

This Saturday morning I came across some interesting links about bluejacking (sending messages to unsuspecting recipients via bluetooth). In particular, I came across a nice website called bluejackQ.com, created by a creative young Brit (jellyellie), who has provided all sorts of information on bluejacking from a bluejacker's point of view. I love it!

I appreciate the bluejacking information, tips & tricks, a FAQ, Forums and even posts bluejack stories. But I especially enjoyed jellyellie's story of bluejacking at Waterloo station, London, which includes pics her dad shot of the event. Here's an except:

"I causally turned around to face my victim and noticed that she was drawing a bottle of water from her handbag-type-thing. Right, I thought, time for Mr. Photographer!! I had briefed him on his mission, pointed out his subject and told him to get ready. Sometimes the 'ghastly Nokia message received tone' can be a comfort to a young bluejacker, especially when it means that your contact has been received by the victim. In this case, it had meant that pink-stripy top lady was reading my request for a sip of her water. Ha! Even a bigger grin emerged on her face. Un be-known to pink-stripy top lady, she was being photographed in the same shot as her bluejacker."

It's amazing to me how people just do spontaneous kinds of of things like this, but maybe it shouldn't be. After all, this is exactly how most Palm-oriented mailing lists, like the venerable Pilot-PDA list, and websites like PDA 24/7, PalmAddict, Palm Infocenter and even the Palm Tipsheet (which I founded) have begun. Each one sprung up because someone in the community decided it was needed or would be cool to do.

Self-emergent solutions to problems from within communities are very cool things.

You go jellyellie! :-)

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