Connecting the dots 3/5/2010

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Today in the news, mobile social media usage is soaring…

Digital measurement firm comScore released a study today highlighting the rise in social media access via mobile phones and offering some comparison metrics for some of the biggest social networks and their usage on mobile devices.

comScore measured the changes in both mobile browser access to social networks and the access numbers to specific social networks from January 2009 to January 2010. Source: Mobile Social Networking Usage Soars [STATS]

But who’s using it? Not who you think…

Despite a previous Ofcom report showing that for (UK) 16-24 year olds the mobile phone was the second most essential piece of media behind the TV and ahead of the PC, metrics firm Nielsen says that it’s really people aged 25+, and in particular 35+, who are most likely to be going online via their mobiles. Source: Think mobile social networking is all about teens? Think again

Now that you know it’s not all about teens, let’s take a look at social media by gender…

Men are more positively inclined towards social media activities and use social networking sites more than women, according to what Liberty Mutual called a “comprehensive national survey” of online behavior it released yesterday. This is somewhat surprising, since it’s the exact opposite of what other surveys have found, including a recent one from Royal Pingdom that looked at user profile data from some of the major social networks. Source: Who Uses Social Media More, Men or Women? – GigaOM

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