November 07, 2007

Kwame Ferriera: Mobile to Web and back

1st wave of social networks – forums, message boards
2nd wave – make friends through friends
3rd wave – tool assisted, as networks start to get more meaning

  • The real mobile social netowork is the phone’s address book
  • The networked computer is where the social networking revolution is currently happening, but 85% of the world doesn’t have this. As phones become networked mobile computers, there will be an explosive expansion of social networking
  • Cellphones revolutionised communication; portable computing will do the same
  • social networks are currently too geeky; they require you to be sat down and on your own. portable computing allows you rely on bodies rather than on screens.
  • Killer app for geeks: Where the application layer can make inferences based on social data
  • Killer app for normal people: When you meet someone, how can the mobile help? could the phone gather social network data from people who are close?
  • Casual Computing: Quicker, more engaging. People won’t dedicate as much attention to mobile devices as they do when sat in front of a computer
  • search centric – as device storage increases, search-based navigation is more important

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