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Phones with Facebook buttons: too friendly?

Ralph Jennings | Feb. 18, 2011
HTC's announcement of two smartphones linked closer than ever to Facebook will lead an industry trend, analysts say, but despite the social network's popularity most users will ultimately prefer handhelds without the special feature.

"It could become an irritant," Wolf said. "There's a class of people who, for lack of a better word, 'live' on Facebook. If you use Facebook exclusively, then there might be a call for (dedicated phones), but it's a minority, a small percentage of people who use mobile phones."

Sean Tao, 39, a Taipei white-collar worker, is one of those.

"I don't think I will buy a (phone for) Facebook since all the rest of the phones can give me pretty much the same," he said. "I think Facebook is somewhat losing popularity now, since my Facebook and some others are extremely quiet. I find myself replying less and less to other people's status, and it's a sure giveaway that I am not working, so I am not interested."

The most successful models will merge Facebook buttons or applications with other popular Internet features, said Joey Yen, market analyst with IDC in Taipei. "Facebook has a very open attitude, so providers are trying different models," Yen added.

 

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