Instead of having to be stuck at a PC or laptop, people can check their mail, Social Networking sites, or other Web 2.0 sites anywhere they want. This is done through Wi-Fi connections and/or 3G networks, though the later require a monthly plan.
Report from M: Metric and ABI Research have shown an increase in teenagers and college students usage of mobile devices to access social media sites.
According to ABI Research, there are approximately 50 million mobile users of social media and that number is expected to increase to 174 million in 2011.
M: Metric have found that social media sites like SMS.ac, AirG, and Jumbuck are reaching more users and that approximately 20% of teenagers in the U.S. and 50% in Italy are engaging in photo sharing via mobile devices.
We will see more and more applications made for the mobile devices that will cater to the interests of the users.
With newer phones sporting better screen resolutions and faster internet connection with 3G and 4G network, newer applications are being made to enhance the experience of mobile social networking and attract more users as compared to the PC.
Another example of an application is Qik (Video Social Networking Site), which enables live video casting from a cell phone via any 3G/GPRS/Wi-fi Internet connection. Here is a youtube video of what it does: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pv_sqTnQ1Dk
Examples of a new application is TuneWiki (Music Social Networking Site). This application allows users to listen to their own music, as well as, what other people are listening to around the world. Here is a youtube video of what the application does: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4CNVzkJUEXA&feature=related