Opera allows blogging on the run for free

You don't have to sit at home on your PC to blog. Now you can do it instantly via your mobile phone.

Members of the Opera Web browser online community can now post to Opera's free blog service instantly from a mobile device.

The blog service, called My Opera Community, at http://my.opera.com was created a month ago, and has had over 1000 people per day sign up for it, mostly from word-of-mouth recommendation.

Each user is given 300MB of space which can be used to create a personal blog, photo albums, private chat groups and several other applications free of charge. The ability to publish photos or text instantly by MMS from a mobile device to the blog or photo album is the latest addition to the service. More features are planned.

Opera spokesperson, Tor Odland, said the functionality of the service would continue to increase. He said programmers were working on allowing streaming of video from 3G phones.

Orland said the service took six months to develop and required the addition of a few servers.

"We have had community forums for many years, and always for free," he said.

"What you're seeing today is a major upgrade to our previous system. While it used to consist primarily of discussion forums, it now boasts blogs, photo albums and other social interactivity tools.

"As a software vendor, we've always relied on our community for product testing and market feedback. What you're seeing online today is an extension of that. Without our vibrant community, we're nothing, simple as that."

Orland said it the community also a showcase of Opera's approach to life online.

"We've based the service on open standards only and we're showing people how they can start using their mobile phones more actively," he said.

Users do not need to be using Opera's mobile phone browser, and only need to have MMS or an e-mail application for viewing the site and an HTML Web browser [not WAP.]

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