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.