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August 23, 2007

In-Stat Says Mobile Blogs Monetize Camera Phones

By Anuradha Shukla, TMCnet Contributing Editor

Research firm In-Stat (News - Alert) reports the latest generation of online social networking is called moblogs — a combination of the words mobile and blog, reports. There are now abundant Websites that are dedicated to moblogging and photoblogging. According to the market research firm, this indicates there is a growing interest in combining social networking with camera phone technology.



 
Jill Meyers, In-Stat analyst, explains that this growing focus provides financial opportunities for mobile device networks, social networking site operators, and software developers.
 
“Mobile device networks can benefit through traditional methods of data plans, as well as per-message and per-photo charges,” said Meyers in a statement.
 
The recent research, “Camera Phones and Social Networking — A New Focus” by In-Stat found that software developers have a unique opportunity to focus on developing a series of mobile Internet applications for a greatly desired market segment.
 
The report says that over 60% of U.S. mobile phone users have camera functionality in their phones this year, up from about 40% in 2006. The market research firm estimates that more than one billion camera phones will be in use by year-end 2007.
 
In-Stat informs that this research, defines social networking, discusses the migration of social networks to mobile technology, details the history of camera phones, and explores the controversy surrounding camera phones, as well as the transformation of mobile online communities.
 
Anuradha Shukla is a contributing writer for TMCnet covering call centers, CRM and information technology.
 
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(source: http://www.tmcnet.com/voip/ip-communications/articles/9893-in-stat-says-mobile-blogs-monetize-camera-phones.htm)

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