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Facebook Changes the Game for Social Networking with New App for iPhone

Two weeks ago, Facebook submitted its completely redesigned iPhone application to Apple. Today it was released live in the App Store.

As you may or may not already know, mobile Facebook users, as well as those using geo-location networks such as FourSquare and Loopt, are paving the way for the future of Social Networking.

According to Facebook statistics:

– There are more than 30 million active users currently accessing Facebook through their mobile devices.

– People that use Facebook on their mobile devices are almost 50% more active on Facebook than non-mobile users.

Those numbers are profound indeed.

However, Facebook 3.0 doesn’t represent just another iteration of its already popular mobile app. 3.0 represents the evolution of mobile social networking and a tangible glimpse of the future of personal and professional communications and also the distribution and consumption of media.

Dave Winer eloquently surmised the impact and potential for the release of the new mobile Facebook app, “Believe it or not I actually had lunch yesterday with Joe Hewitt, the developer of this app. I said that if Facebook wanted to compete with Twitter they needed a vastly simpler version of Facebook. Little did I know that 24 hours later I’d be looking at it.”

The interaction and collaboration inherent in the iPhone app is much richer and rewarding than any mobile OR desktop application available for Twitter, and even, today. Perhaps its simply representative of the DNA that defines interaction within each network.

And so it continues

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37 COMMENTS ON THIS POST To “Facebook Changes the Game for Social Networking with New App for iPhone”

  1. Rob Ungar says:

    Couldn’t agree more.  Just downloaded it this afternoon and it is SO much better than the old version.  Not being able to see events was so frustrating!  It was begging for that feature- if you’re out and about, and you need to look up an address or more info about a party you’re going to, there was no way to do that really.  The addition of birthdays is great, might seem simple, but very helpful.  And the ability to now upload video from the 3GS will be massive.  You’re going to see so many more video uploads to Facebook because of this.  I can’t wait to play around some more and use it daily.

  2. Guest says:

    This post is pretty useless.  You say nothing about why the new app is so much “richer and more rewarding.”  The two screenshots you posted don’t convey anything useful.  What kind of bullsh*t article is this?

  3. Guest says:

    this is very interesting . We are doing something similar with in Italy that is a mobile gaming social network. It has also other features like auction, token based virtual world, multilanguage, advanced tournament system, webtv, social functionalities, …
    Pls check and comment and eventually could be interesting to start a discussion regarding how to integrate different social networks….

  4. Very interesting post. I really enjoyed reading it.
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