InstaResearch: What the heck IS a MID anyway?

Had an interesting conversation today in a meeting with some of Intel’s web marketing folks – the people who run, to be precise. We were talking about who actually had hands on experience with a “MID”, and that quickly moved on to the question of defining what, exactly, a MID is. And perhaps more importantly, what it is not.

So what did I do? I took advantage of the 1200+ people who follow me on Twitter, and did some “InstaResearch”. In other words, I asked my Twitter network:

What the heck do YOU think a MID is? Not just defining the acronym, but what IS it? What is it NOT?

Within minutes, the answers came pouring in. Here’s what people had to say:

@sunraven01 – It is NOT a device that only provides connectivity inside a provider’s walled garden.

@sharong – as close to omniscience as humans will ever get

@psteinb – Something that fits in my pocket and can give me access to ALL aspects of net platform

@Jerry_Makare – MID, Meat-In-Dumpster: An acronym used to tell dumpster divers that meat products are located within garbage receptacles. Yum.

@clint – Midi file!

@sharong – MID to me is more than just browser-its integrated feeds, its connectedness.M is also more than handheld-could be clothing

Update: a late(r) entry from Tablet PC guru Loren Heiny:

@LorenHeiny – “What’s a MID?” To me: The iPhone & iPod Touch are MIDs, though the iPhone is more a phone and the Touch needs more connectivity

@LorenHeiny – Why r the iPhone & iPod Touch MIDs? Because they provide some of the best browser experiences. Something I think is key to a MID

It’s interesting to note that everyone besides @clint, @sunraven01, and @LorenHeiny are people with whom I work at Intel. ๐Ÿ˜‰

I’m going to withhold my own opinion/definition of “MID” for a little while, but I’ll blog it soon. Instead, I want to gather more opinions, and extend my InstaResearch. So I’m going to ask YOU – What the heck is a “MID” anyway? Is a UMPC a MID? Is a MID a UMPC? Is the iPhone a MID? What about the Nokia internet tablets like the N800 and N810? What about Tablet PCs? Smartphones and PDA phones and BlackBerries?

Post a comment and let me know what you think. I’d offer a prize for the person who gets the “correct” answer, but I’m afraid the whole point of the exercise is to illustrate how broad the definition for MID really is. So no prizes, but bonus points for creativity. ๐Ÿ˜‰


Intel launched a Mobility marketing blog, and I wrote the kickoff post

The folks in Intel web marketing have launched a new blog, all about Mobility:

It’s going to be all about upcoming cool stuff that’s being released later this year – Silverthorne (which is getting its own super-secret new brand name, launching next week!), Diamondville, WiMAX, and other cool mobile stuff.

I’m helping them out, giving them a “blogger’s-eye perspective”, and generally trying to help them do it “right” – make the blog interesting and useful, as opposed to just rehashing marketing copy. They asked me to write up the first post for the site (which, you’ll notice, has actually been built on top of an older blog about CES), which I was happy to do. It’s called “Living The Mobile Lifestyle“. It ended up being a little longer than I had planned, but I’ve been a mobile technology geek for a long time – over a decade – and it turned out that I had a lot to say. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Anyway, check it out, subscribe to the feed if you’re interested, and stay tuned for interesting news and hands-on experiences with cool mobile toys (like MIDs, WiMAX, etc.). I’ll be doing most of the writing here on, but I’ll be crossposting any interesting bits there on the new Mobility blog, and on the Intel Software Network blog, too, so feel free to jump in with any comments or questions, here or there. Enjoy! :-)