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Mobile Social networking, a hit with UK cellphone users

The number of UK users regularly logging on social networking sites through their mobile phones is rapidly approaching 1 million according to a report published by Nielsen Mobile research.

During the first quarter of 2008, 810,000 users or 1.7 percent of the UK mobile phone users have used their handsets to access sites like Myspace, Bebo and Facebook.

More than 40 percent of UK mobile phone subscribers belong to a social networking website and a number of mobile networking websites have cropped up in the past few months, including a few iPhone only ones.

This number is bound to rise due partly to the fact that some network operators like Orange, Vodafone and Three are including unlimited access to social networking websites either for free or for a nominal fee.

Myspace and Facebook occupy the two top spots in UK and in the United States with both of them gathering 768,000 users.

MSN Windows Live Spaces was a surprise appearance as the Microsoft-backed social network grabbed the number one spot in Italy.

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at ITProPortal.com where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.