Social networking growth 'due to improvements in mobile technology'

23 December 2008 — 3:09 PM

Those with web-enabled mobile phones are logging on to social networking websites in record numbers, according to a new study.

Details of the latest Orange Digital Media Index - the fourth of its kind - were unveiled today and revealed that sites such as Facebook, MySpace and Bebo were proving extremely popular.

It was noted the increases could be in part due to improvements in modern internet technology, both through mobile broadband and handsets themselves.

However, it added that services had also improved - in terms of faster and more convenient access to the web - due to consumer demand.

Paul Jevons, director of products, portals and services for the network, said that mobile phones were no longer simply a means to communicate via traditional means.

"The mobile phone has become a truly interactive channel that fosters the formation of communities through social networking sites such as Facebook and Bebo," he noted.

Of course, those looking to take advantage of such services may need to opt for a new handset, while remembering to recycle used mobiles that are no longer required.

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