There is nothing more annoying than trying to browse the web on a tiny mobile phone screen. Viewing one page on the web is hard enough. Conducting searches, updating web content, or watching a YouTube clip on a run-of-the-mill cell phone is nothing more than a painful experience.
It’s no surprise then that social networking is not very popular on mobile phones. According to a a survey conducted by Local Mobile Search, only 6% of the 1,022 respondents to a survey on the topic have actually used their mobile phones for social networking. However, 30% of respondents said they were interested in the idea of using their cell phones this way. 10% showed a “keen interest” in mobile social networking.
Will more and more consumers use their phones to arrange Tweetups, plug local restaurants on their Facebook page or blog, or stream sporting events on Qik? Apple’s release of the second generation and rumored 3G iPhone should help this push. One can only anticipate that other U.S. phone distributors will follow Apple’s lead by making it easier and easier to socialize using the web.
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