Social networking and the mobile phone

25 Sep 2010 - 10:56pm
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Social networking has finally arrived on the mobile phone leveraging the two invaluable core values of a mobile, "Always-on communication medium" and "Location".

How do you think it'll help people to create, develop, and strengthen social ties

My thoughts:


27 Sep 2010 - 12:54pm
Joni Jump

A scenario I came across that was an unexpected advantage of social networks going mobile was when my teen daughter used her mobile to send me a private message via facebook. She was able to let me know silently, and in the presence of friends, that she needed me to pick her up without them knowing. They were drinking and it was getting out of control. She wanted out of the situation without appearing uncool by calling her mom and of course she didn'nt want them to hear her. I got the message right away, picked her up, and made an excuse that she needed to come home.


28 Sep 2010 - 4:14am

Er, SMS?!

28 Sep 2010 - 8:05pm

SMS in a lot of places is more expensive than sending data via an app.
SMS means mobile to mobile. other alternatives open up greater permutations of message sending and receiving.

send form an SMS or facebook message means reaching the receiver regardless of what platform they are on.I'm sure priority messaging functionality will become more common as apps and social networking continues to grow as a promary communication tool.

William Donovan

On 29 September 2010 10:05, spookstudio <> wrote:

Er, SMS?!

30 Sep 2010 - 12:22am

Good points William. SMS was (maybe still is, I dont have the numbers) the biggest mobile social network for a very long time but since it's limited to text it's not able to leverage the new capabilities of mobile like Camera and GPS. With facebook and other sites you have the ability to share pics / videos / links etc directly from camera / media gallery / browser making the interaction richer.

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