Wednesday, October 24, 2007

BlackBerrys On your Face, Facebook

There were business busybodies in College parties today as Facebook said it is adding its social-networking platform to RIM's BlackBerry devices.
Looks like T-Mobile will be the first carrier to build a Facebook application into the BlackBerry's it sells, but BlackBerry users on any network will be able to download the application starting later Wednesday, Facebook co-founder and vice president of engineering Dustin Moskovitz said in a keynote address at the CTIA Wireless IT and Entertainment show in San Francisco.
Dustin Moskowitz started off his keynote by talking about the evolution of the company. Considering facebook's gaining popularity in the business community as a networking tool (the over 35 demographic is the fastest growing), it probably would have been just as appropriate from him to have spoken yesterday.

Dustin began by talking about the company's "unprecedented" growth, in both the US and abroad. There are now 49 million active facebook users with 200,000 users joining daily. With such widespread adoption, facebook has become an effective multi-media communication tool, and like all communication, people want to be able to use it on the go.
Dustin also brought RIM CEO Mike Lazaridis and announced Facebook for Blackberry, which Mike demoed. The application will make it possible to upload and tag photos to Facebook- within the phone's camera application.
Currently, facebook supports SMS, MMS, and mobile web, and Dustin announced that they are adding two new mobile applications.
- the ability for third pary apps to have 'boxes' on mobile profiles
- the ability for third party app developers to comunicate with users through SMS

Via CTIA Blog

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