Thursday, July 26, 2007
Web 2.0 Shopping Spree Goes Mobile
Since the iPhone's release there has been at least a post a day of Web 2.0 services releasing iPhone applications. In fact, throughout the year there has been a steady trickle of announcements about this and that service making deals or releases relating to mobile access. We've also seen near daily announcements of Web 2.0 acquisitions by Google, Yahoo and Microsoft (to name a few). But one thing I don't remember seeing (please correct me if I'm wrong) is mobile phone companies buying Web 2.0 companies. Which is why I was interested to read that Nokia had purchased media sharing site Twango. "The plan is to provide a seamless integration of Twango on both the Internet and on your cell phone." It seems natural that as mobile phone companies look towards better integration with the web that they would want to get involved in developing services. But if mobile companies are going to join the Web 2.0 shopping spree it would seem the buying bubble just got a whole lot bigger.