Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Staying Connected on your Smartphone: Facebook Applications

Today begins a new weekly feature, The Wednesday Social, on social networking applications for your smartphone. Every Wednesday, we’ll spotlight a different application that allows you to stay connected wherever you are. This week: Facebook.

Facebook has taken the world by storm. What started as a very private college-student-only social-networking platform has transformed into the most popular social networking site in the world. Staying connected often means keeping up with what your friends and colleagues are saying on Facebook and the following applications enable you to do just that.

Facebook for Blackberry phones has been around for about a year and already has more than 2.5 million downloads. The application keeps the Facebook experience you’re accustomed to and brings it to your phone. It includes features such as home screen notifications for wall posts, messages and event invitations; full-text view of messages, wall posts, photos and friend requests; real-time status updates; and the ability to update your status for your friends, access to all of your Facebook friends’ profiles and photo-sharing straight from your phone to your Facebook profile through mobile uploads.

If you are a Windows Mobile user and want to access your Facebook, Friend Mobilizer is an application that allows you access to your friends and updates. Although Facebook has not created an application for Windows Mobile users, the third-party Friend Mobilizer allows you to perform many of the same features as the Facebook for Blackberry application. The major difference between the two applications is that Friend Mobilizer doesn’t allow you to upload and share photos, but that can be remedied using the ShoZu application (an application that uploads photos and videos from your phone to your favorite photo-sharing Web site).

With the increasing importance of social networking and Facebook’s giant presence, keeping updates close at hand is a must, and now it’s been made simple with Facebook applications for your smartphone!

Be sure to check out Privus Mobile’s Facebook page. Connect with other Privus Mobile users, share your stories and become a fan.

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