The quest of mobile phone companies to develop more GPS-enabled handsets might even benefit different social networking Web sites. According to Reuters, global positioning chips will evolve from simply giving directions to locating friends and even meet new people.
Based on a market research, 25% of mobile phones in 2010 will have a built-in GPS. However, some experts remain pessimistic about the seamless integration of mobile phone and GPS in the immediate future.
Combined with mobile Internet access, GPS (global positioning system) is seen in the industry as adding a new dimension to social networking that could also have implications for the media business.
Once people can physically find those they want to more easily — as long as those others want to be found — it can enhance the establishment of growing Internet social networks such as News Corp.’s MySpace site.