9 May 2008

The future of social networking: mobile phones

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The (UK) Times reports on how you don’t need a computer anymore to browse people’s profiles.

“After the explosion in internet-based social networking (MySpace, Facebook) doing the same thing in real life instead of in front of a computer became an obvious next step. Much of it is already happening on a small scale as dozens of companies seek to exploit social networking on the go.”

“So how does it work? The key is the coming together of internet-connected mobile phones and location or proximity technology.” […]

“Effectively, by linking these two developments, your phone can tell if someone is near you and can access lots of information about them – the perfect ingredients for real social interaction.” […]

“One company based in Berlin has just gone live with its mobile social network. More than 3,000 young Germans have signed up to the aka-aki service in just over a month.”

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