Today Nielsen Mobile released a report that finds that social networking has gone mobile in a big way with the UK and US leading the way. Among the findings:
- U.K. leads Europe in mobile social networking.
- In the U.K., 1.7 percent of all mobile subscribers in the country, visited social networking websites on their mobile phones in the first quarter of 2008.
- In the U.S. 1.6 percent of all mobile subscribers (4.1 million in all) accessed social networks via their phones in December 2007.
- In the U.S., MySpace lead the mobile social networking trend with 2.8 million unique mobile users in December 2007.
- Facebook is the second most popular mobile social network in the U.S. with 1.8 million unique mobile users.
- MSN’s Windows Live Spaces led in Italy (154,000 unique mobile users per month) and France (106,000).
The report also notes that “social networking is already a global phenomenon, and going mobile is the next big thing.” This is a trend that will have a significant impact in the world of online education and move us more and more towards mobile learning.
Students are already totally (un)wired, and so it's natural that they will expect to use their mobile phones, iPod Touch, or other mobile devices as a tool to facilitate learning and meet their "always on" learning styles.