One of the largest social network services in the world has just launched a mobile version. hi5 Networks has announced the availability of hi5 Mobile, available on mobile phones in 26 different languages.
hi5 Mobile provides access to the millions of international users who primarily use mobile devices, instead of a personal computer, to stay connected with friends, family and colleagues.
With hi5 Mobile, users can easily send and receive messages, update status, view friends' profiles, share photos, find out who is online and add new friends. hi5 Mobile has been optimized for performance and display on the most popular phones, including the Apple iPhone, Nokia, Motorola, BlackBerry, LG, Samsung, and Sony Ericsson.
The company says growth of the mobile Internet market has been dramatic, with market research firm IDC estimating the total number of mobile Internet users worldwide reaching 546 million in 2008, nearly twice as many as in 2006, and is forecast to surpass 1.5 billion worldwide in 2012.
"Mobile use represents a huge opportunity for social networking and this functionality is particularly relevant to hi5's international user base who are more advanced than their U.S. counterparts in terms of mobile device usage. We are providing the tools for users to connect and share information with their hi5 network from almost anywhere in the world," said Ramu Yalamanchi, CEO of hi5. "In addition, as we see the number of users accessing hi5 via their mobile phones increase, it will open up the opportunity to roll out hyper-localized advertising."
hi5 also says that no other social network offers mobile support in as many languages as its new service, and sees this extensive in-language support as a significant market opportunity for the company.