Boom in social networks on-the-go

Australian Macworld staff
8 June, 2010
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Telstra released some stats today on Australia’s use of social networking on mobile phones, and they’re pretty staggering for anyone who doesn’t agree that social networks are on the increase. Likewise, it’s incredible evidence that accessing the internet from mobile phones is becoming increasingly common.

The habits of five million 3G mobile customers were examined to show that use of Facebook on a mobile has grown by 390 percent in the past 12 months. Twitter jumped even more – 450 percent growth in the same period. Access to MySpace has also more than doubled (up 230 percent).

It’s interesting to note that Facebook is by far the most accessed social networking site by Telstra’s customer base, with MySpace, YouTube and Twitter following behind.

Of course, in releasing the stats, the company is mainly attempting to advertise its new Tribe service for Next G customers, which aims to bring together all your social network streams into one convenient place. For anyone who does have a Next G mobile, data through the service is unmetered (up to 600MB), so it could be a cheap way to tweet to your heart’s content. Though there are plenty of other options available for your social networking needs – especially if you’re an iPhone user (the above image is but a tiny selection).

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