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MySpace stakes out Mobile Video

February 19, 2009

“We see 60% growth in Asia,” says Travis Katz, International Head for MySpace, followed by “we see the future of the company being more and more mobile.” He is seeing smartphone adoption increasing in the consumer space and video driving mobile web usage and entertainment in a huge way. Travis’ whole interview with TechCrunch’s Mike Butcher at MWC is available here.

Does this also portend a land grab for mobile social media between MySpace and Facebook? IMO – for sure. But, will the user experience these big boys deliver be sufficient as a driver to break users away from one social network to another? Users want a seamless experience between desktop and mobile for their use patterns, digital and media assets – personal or business. So, if done right – you bet.

Travis Katz of MySpace at MWC

Travis Katz of MySpace at MWC

Despite the down global economy, is 2009 the year that, finally, mobile takes off? Will market dynamics such as these render voice-communications as one of the top uses, and not the primary use of mobile phones? I am organizing a panel at TiE Silicon Valley on March 3rd that will pull together (gurus) – VCs, analysts and corporate M&A heads – in the field of Mobility. The panel is being designed to prod deep not only in to what their crystal balls are saying, but where they are placing their bets. In a nutshell, what is the strategic investments outlook? Details available here.

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. Nanda permalink
    February 19, 2009 12:01 pm

    Already signed up. Very cool!

  2. February 19, 2009 2:48 pm

    can we get ustream feed for the event ?

  3. February 19, 2009 11:20 pm

    I think mobile will take off this year *because* (not in spite of) the disgusting economy, for the same reason that netbooks did in the latter half of this year. They’re cheaper and more portable than normal laptops and are becoming more and more capable of encompassing most users’ basic functions. Apps like MySpace – which are already most folks’ main time-suck online – will only perpetuate that. Ubiquitous connectivity, baby.

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