I am interested in the increasing popularity of multimedia applications such as Facebook on cell phones. For my midterm project, I would like to look at the Facebook application on Blackberry smartphones. This application is separate from the browser and was created specifically for use on cell phones. It is accessible and user-friendly. Facebook, a widely-used online social networking site, connects people together. It is an easy way to stay in touch with old friends. Now it is adapted for use by people on-the-go. By simply clicking on the Facebook application on their Blackberry, users can check recent messages or upload and tag photos. Instead of clicking "next page" on the Internet browser, Blackberry users can click on icons for Facebook that appear at the top of the page, linking to pages quickly. You no longer need to log on to a computer to use Facebook. Mobility of social networking is possible. The software application combines the use of Facebook on a computer with the efficiency of text messages. The articles that I would use in my analysis are danah boyd's "Why Youth (Heart) Social Network Sites," Vannevar Bush's "As We May Think," and Lev Manovich's "What is New Media?" The idea of being able to access Facebook whenever you want to goes along with new media's "just in time" delivery logics. Users get to choose where they access Facebook and can easily do things on the site without lugging around a laptop. I am also interested in the merging of enterprise devices and consumer applications. Blackberry was once typically used for business but now it has mass appeal with attractive multimedia applications and models such as the more compact Blackberry Pearl series. Some questions that I would like to consider: Why would Blackberry decide to create an application for Facebook rather than other online social networking sites? What is the fascination behind Facebook and is it necessary? By bringing Facebook everywhere with us, will it become the complement to our iPod?
By miscellaneous - Posted on 21 February 2008 - 9:56pm.