Mobile Phone Technology Plays Catchup With Social Media Advances

Nobody surely could have predicted the sheer relentless progress that social networking sites have achieved in overtaking most of our lives. The past five years has seen them appear and become ubiquitous to the point where it’s simply expected that people use them.

Want to meet up with someone for a drink later? Arrange it online.

Sorting a party with friends? Whack it into Facebook and see who says they’ll turn up. Everything can be done online these days and it’s getting easier as technology catches up with everybody’s need to communicate via networking sites rather than directly. We don’t call people anymore; we simply update our status and wait for the inevitable comments.

Of course, just like apparently everything else in life, there always appears a dominant method of communication and these days that throne is taken by the big daddy of the social network – Facebook. The world seems divided between those who have Facebook profiles and those who are just about to sign up for one. Smartphones have taken the mobile world by storm ever since the first Apple iPhone appeared and nearly all smartphone platforms have a Facebook application available and they’re usually started by a quick click of an icon from the main screen of the phone, but it appears even that isn’t enough. Even though it probably only takes a swipe and a click, some phone manufacturers want to take even this hassle away and a number of phones will soon appear with ‘Facebook buttons’.

Surely we can’t be in that much of a hurry?

Well it appears we are but there’s a more technical reason behind why these systems will eventually become more useful than we probably initially imagine. You see, a few social platforms have been promoting the use of ‘places’ type applications where users can tell everyone where they are. Facebook has such an app at the moment and it works by asking you to choose a location based on GPS and cell phone location but this takes three or four keystrokes – that can’t be on, can it!

No, with these new phones you simply click a button and you’re instantly checked in to your chosen location and you can then type in a bit of text to update your profile.

This may at first seem like a bit of an excuse to create something that nobody really needs but as our lives speed up, we find that reducing a process by just one or two steps can make all the difference.

Also, and more importantly, it shows that technology is transforming the way we work, rest and play but also (and more markedly) that we as users are pushing manufacturers to come up with more and more methods to make our interaction with new technology easier and much more immediate.

It used to be possible to predict the future of consumer electronics about five years into the future, now, with technology being driven by both users and software, it is surely impossible to consider what we might be using just three years ahead.