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Old 04-12-2013, 02:12 PM
 
Location: Las Flores, Orange County, CA
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If for whatever reason, facebook and myspace were never invented, do you think smartphone use would be significantly less popular?

Subjective but whenever I see someone on their smartphone it seems they are on facebook.

I'd like to know what percent of the time people who are using their phone for other than a phone conversation are on facebook. I wonder if it is 30% or even more.
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Old 04-12-2013, 03:16 PM
 
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They'd be slightly less popular but not at all scarce, I think. These phones do so much and even without facebook, there are twenty thousand other apps that would take up the "wasted time" people spend on it.

Myspace was dead before smarphones really got traction, it wasn't a big contributor.
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Old 04-12-2013, 06:08 PM
 
Location: 92037
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For me 0% and I dont think its about being mutually exclusive necessarily. I use the phone mostly for business related stuff. I dont have a FB account and use the phone for email, sms, browsing and photos otherwise.

However, social networking is only further enabled via cell phones. But cell phones have grown to support these types of features more dynamically over the years even though they were used more often on a PC (I dont have stats on hand). While it would seem weird to not have some kind of social networking integration NOW, 8 years ago it wasnt really even on the radar when myspace was 'in'.

Smartphones have been around for quite some time, but even in the early years, browsing web pages and such were not fully adopted for optimized and formatted for viewing. You would be hard pressed now, to find a popular website that ISNT formatted for mobile browsing. Blackberry and Apple really pushed that a bit.

Apple did a superb job at really streamlining how a smartphone can be used not only in software design but actual business model on several fronts to push development around it. Much the same way they did with the mp3 player up until then.
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Old 04-12-2013, 10:31 PM
 
Location: Vallejo
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I rarely use facebook on my phone (and pretty not all that often period). I had the notifications on for all of about 30 minutes when I first got a smartphone... way too annoying.
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Old 04-12-2013, 10:44 PM
 
Location: East of Seattle since 1992, originally from SF Bay Area
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Facebook is a pain, too many people that have nothing better to do always posting useless crap. If it went away or never existed it wouldn't matter, there just wouldn't be as many 12 year olds with smartphones.
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Old 04-13-2013, 03:08 PM
 
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I rarely use facebook on my smartphone (or anywhere for that matter). Smartphones were catching on before Facebook. Certainly, Apple made them more popular than ever... but I don't think that Facebook made smartphones big. In white collar offices , everyone already had Blackberrys, Treos, and Windows Mobile phones prior Facebook.
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Old 04-13-2013, 05:11 PM
 
Location: Vallejo
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I rarely use facebook on my smartphone (or anywhere for that matter). Smartphones were catching on before Facebook. Certainly, Apple made them more popular than ever... but I don't think that Facebook made smartphones big. In white collar offices , everyone already had Blackberrys, Treos, and Windows Mobile phones prior Facebook.
Yeah, it's more the opposite. Smartphones made Facebook popular (on Smartphones). This has presented a problem from Facebook... how do they get ads onto the tiny screens without being so obtrusive no one uses it?
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Old 04-13-2013, 05:27 PM
 
Location: SE Michigan
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Yeah, it's more the opposite. Smartphones made Facebook popular (on Smartphones). This has presented a problem from Facebook... how do they get ads onto the tiny screens without being so obtrusive no one uses it?
They have a fix for that.

https://www.facebook.com/home#home

I personally don't think that FB and MySpace have increased the popularity of smartphones. I'm well into middle-age territory so few of my friends or acquaintances do FB (I certainly don't) but almost all have smartphones. I've had one starting with a BlackBerry about six? years ago and use it for all sorts of things (including going online) and wouldn't want to be without one now.
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Old 04-13-2013, 05:31 PM
 
Location: Las Flores, Orange County, CA
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Realize the people who post in the City Data technology/smartphone forum (you guys) are probably an order of magnitude more intelligent and educated than the typical smartphone owner. When I read "I don't do facebook.....so it wouldn't matter.." I really wonder. Your typical smartphone user is 18, female, sitting at Starbucks, reading about her friends new makeup kit or she's 29, married, reading about her single friend's data last night, or other gossipy stuff.
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Old 04-15-2013, 08:37 AM
 
Location: Cleveland, Ohio
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Yeah, it's more the opposite. Smartphones made Facebook popular (on Smartphones). This has presented a problem from Facebook... how do they get ads onto the tiny screens without being so obtrusive no one uses it?
This^

No one buys a phone FOR Facebook. You buy a phone and then realize "o cool, I can Facebook on my phone!"
Now today that so many people have already had Facebook on a phone it may get someone to buy the HTC FIRST (Facebook geared phone) but I don't see that being very many people. Even the most ardent Facebook fans get annoyed by Facebook being so intrusive.
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