Wednesday, October 8, 2008

The Wednesday Social – Mobile Social Networking Hubs

Last month, AT&T and Verizon Wireless announced the latest in mobile social networking applications – one-stop hubs called My Communities and SocialLife, respectively. These apps both run on Intercasting Corp.’s Anthem platform. Intercasting is a mobile media company that has contracts with the top mobile carriers – AT&T, Verizon, Sprint, Boost, Virgin, T-Mobile UK and CSL Asia.

My Communities gives AT&T users access to MySpace, LiveJournal, Xanga, Photobucket and Rabble (a mobile-only community). Additionally, culture-specific social networking sites can also be linked, including AsianAve, BlackPlanet, MiGente, FaithBase, and GLEE, a gay and lesbian-based site. While using the application, users can view messages, check friend requests, post comments, check status updates and leave status messages/blog posts of their own. The application also can access the phone’s camera to automatically upload photos to the social networking sites. My Communities is available by subscription for $2.99 per month.

SocialLife offers the same experience as My Communities, except to Verizon Wireless users. One notable exception is that it lacks access to Xanga (a journal-based blogging site) and replaces it with MTV Tr3s. Verizon customers can participate in the service for $1.49 per month.

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