The Rise of Mobile Social Networking


As I found out today, inCode announced mobile social networking the number one prediction for the global wireless market this year:

Social Networking Gets Mobilized. Mobility is added to existing Internet business models, services and behaviors, driving traffic for wireless operators. Teens and twenties accustomed to constant connectivity and habit-forming Web sites, such as MySpace and Facebook, lead a wave of membership in mobile social networks. Location social networking including friend and event finder services gain popularity, even in the professional and over-50 segments. Google, Yahoo and Skype are more compelling for users than wireless brands, which are hard-pressed to compete. As customer appetites for social data and video services spike, wireless operators offer more “all you can eat” pricing for high-end data packages. Social networking applications initially are preloaded on many mobile devices sold and later become downloadable.

More predictions include: GPS will be the predominant location technology for the wireless industry; Web incumbents like Google, Yahoo! and the likes will challenge IMS with their own media architectures; mobile advertising will become big; and hackers and virus authors will really start paying attention to the mobile platform this year. Get the full article here.

2 Responses to “The Rise of Mobile Social Networking”

  1. I agree – mobile social networkings – is the next big thing. There are some problems arise there – ad targeting and global identity. Viruses are the most little thing we expect, cause of Java platform.

  2. We agree with your comments on social networking being mobilized – in fact we have a new mobile social network for grownups called

    It lets people find and connect over the phone – in a way that is safe, immediate, personal and truly mobile. Using any phone, any carrier, no downloads and your phone number stays private. It’s cool and it’s free! Check us out at (currently US and Canada, other countries coming soon)

    – Michelle

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