It’s nearing the end of another (busy) day. For some reason, I began reflecting on my mobile phone usage today. Maybe it’s because I’ve been reading and reflecting on the recent Bobbi Newman and Jason Griffey dueling blog posts about mobile phones and the digital divide. In any case, I decided to list the ways that I used my mobile phone since waking up this morning.
- Checked email
- Sent email (work-related and personal)
- Added a November meeting to my calendar
- Broadcasted a question to librarians on Twitter and replied to responses
- Approved a comment on one of my blog posts
- Accessed content from my Evernote account
- Searched the web to find a local restaurant
- Used Google maps for directions
- Called AAA emergency roadside service (battery died — all is well now)
- Called home
For some, that may not be much activity at all. For others, I might be labeled as one of those people who is “always doing something with that phone.” Personally, I can clearly recognize a progressive increase in my use (bordering on dependence in some cases) of the mobile smart phone for many different tasks. For me, in other words, the device has crossed the line between “cool gadget” and “everyday appliance.” That is true for a lot of people that I know–but not everyone.
I am finally getting around to sharing the QR Code that I generated for this blog. Here ’tis…
Some time ago, I experimented with generating this odd-looking square barcode that is a matrix of black and white square boxes–a QR Code. QR Codes have been around for a while now. Perhaps you’ve seen one on an American Express shipment label. These codes are beginning to be used more and more in everyday applications centered around mobile phone users. QR Codes provide “quick response” (thus, QR) mobile access to information, such as a URL for linking to a website. Maybe you’ve recently seen one in a magazine ad.
And you can generate your own QR Codes. There are several free online QR Code generators available, as well as free QR Code readers (software) available for download to your mobile phone. I created my QR Code using BeeTagg.
What used to be a tracking application for manufacturing, distribution, etc. is becoming a mainstream tool for the general consumer with a mobile smart phone.
Point camera phone. Snap picture. Receive URL. Be whisked away to web content.
Don’t be surprised if you begin to see QR Codes popping up in all sorts of places.