Zannel Launches the First Mobile Political Community on Its Instant Media Network; SC's Tim Kelly Will Lifecast From the Floor of the Democratic National Convention

August 25, 2008

COLUMBIA, SC and DENVER, CO – August 25, 2008 – For the first time ever, grassroots bloggers – including Tim Kelly of SC blog Crack the Bell ( – will be broadcasting video, pictures and text updates straight from the floor of the Democratic National Convention using their mobile phones and Zannel (, the instant media network that is used by millions of people for lifecasting, micro-blogging, and as a mobile social network.

The Democratic National Convention, being held in Denver, Colorado August 25-28, has accredited a select number of state-based bloggers with floor access during the entire convention. Fourteen of these bloggers, representing every region of the United States of America, are contributing to Zannel’s PoliticsBlue community channel ( or text DEM to 58888 to view on mobile) from the convention through Election Day.

Representing North, South, East, West, and even registered Democrats living abroad, these bloggers will broadcast their journeys to this historic event, their observations, on-the-fly interviews, interactions with delegates, and authentic captured moments with political figures on the national scene. By leveraging Zannel’s award-winning mobile platform, they will be able to instantly share their convention coverage with their blog’s readers, the Zannel community, and to the blogging and social networks to which Zannel syndicates content.

“Sen. Obama and the Democratic Party have talked about breaking down the walls of the convention to really let people get involved in the process,” said South Carolina blogger Tim Kelly. “Zannel is providing a way for bloggers to do that in an engaging and immediate way, and I’m excited to be a part of PoliticsBlue.”

“Blogging is not just great therapy it has allowed me the opportunity to truly connect with my community and beyond. To be the first credentialed blogger from Utah to attend the convention is pretty amazing,” said Utah blogger Rob Miller. “To have Zannel allow me this opportunity to reach out to an even greater audience is beyond my wildest dreams.”

“We’re excited to enable our nation’s political discourse to be instantly seen and discussed by people on their mobile or PC,” said Adam Zbar, CEO of Zannel, “and we will continue to work hard to develop mobile features that help keep the civic conversation up-to-date, vibrant, and accessible.”

According to Zbar, Zannel will soon launch a PoliticsRed community channel, and welcomes bloggers of all stripes to follow and discuss the latest Red and Blue updates, or to create their own mobile political channel at

Winner of the 2008 Webby AwardTM for Best Mobile Social Network, Zannel’s Instant Media Messaging™ service allows users to instantly and visually communicate with their friends anytime and anywhere by posting video, picture, and text updates from their phone in order to start real time conversations.

About Zannel

Zannel makes the mobile industry’s first Instant Media Network™. Millions of people use Zannel to instantly and visually communicate with their friends across mobile and the web, for lifecasting, micro-blogging, and as a mobile social network. Founded by the team that built the first large-scale mobile media storefronts in the US, Zannel has combines the best of mobile messaging, media sharing, and social networking into a simple, compelling user experience.

About The Bloggers: Participating grassroots blogs in Zannel’s PoliticsBlue community ( are:

Florida: Florida Progressive Coalition –

Georgia: Georgia Women Vote –

Kentucky: Blue Grass Roots –

Massachusetts: Blue Mass Group –

Mississippi: The Natchez Blog –

New Hampshire: Blue Hampshire –

New Mexico: Democracy for New Mexico –

South Carolina: Crack the Bell –

Texas: Burnt Orange Report –

Utah: The Utah Amicus –

Vermont: Green Mountain Daily –

Wisconsin: Uppity Wisconsin –

Democrats Living Abroad: Yanqui Mike –