Study: Almost 10% On Social Networks Via Mobile

cellThe proportion of U.S. mobile subscribers who access social networks on their cell phones nearly tripled to almost 10% over a year ago, according to a consumer study by The Kelsey Group and ConStat spotlighted Monday by eMarketer.

Specifically, 9.6% of mobile users were connecting to a social network as of October 2008, compared to 3.4% in September 2007. The rapid growth is due in part to the small base of people who are social networking on mobile.

By 2012, eMarketer projects that more than 800 million users worldwide will participate in social networks via their mobile device, up from 82 million in 2007.

While the total base of mobile social networking users will remain under 20% by 2012, eMarketer believes "that these users will have a disproportionate impact on marketing, media and mobile communications because creating and sharing digital content (user-generated and professional) forms much of the social networking experience."

Research released by Nielsen Mobile in September showed that 21% of U.S. mobile users recalled seeing an ad while accessing social networks and blogs. That compares to 57% who recalled seeing an ad while browsing the mobile Internet overall.

Mobile social networking is still more prevalent outside the U.S., according to eMarketer. It points to the growth of mobile-only social networks such as Germany's itsmy.com, which has 2.5 million registered users. Facebook in November said use of its mobile services had grown from 5 million to 15 million during 2008, but did not break out usage by country.

As of Monday, Facebook had the 12th-most-downloaded iPhone application in Apple's App Store.

Among other key findings from the Kelsey study, 15.6% of mobile users used their phones to search the Web for local products and services, compared to 9.8% a year ago. And 14.3% searched outside their local area, up from 6.4%.

When it comes to media consumption, 8.4% watched a music video or other type of Internet video on mobile devices--nearly double the 4.4% from 2007.

The research results were based on online surveys completed by 512 U.S. mobile subscribers ages 18 and over.

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2 comments about "Study: Almost 10% On Social Networks Via Mobile".
  1. Leonard Sipes from Court Services and Offender Supervision Agency , December 23, 2008 at 8:59 a.m.

    Please see "DC Public Safety" at http://media.csosa.gov for a federal criminal justice moble site offering TV shows on crime and criminal justice issues.
    Len Sipes.

  2. Vicki Kunkel , December 23, 2008 at 10:37 a.m.

    Mobile usage will continue to explode -- especially among corporate workers. My company has had a lot of success is designing customized "point and shoot" and location-based training programs that are deployed over mobile devices. This use of mobile devices is just catching on, but we're staring to see it used for in-field technical training as well as new-employee orientations and alternate reality games that reinforce leaning points.