Wireless Wonders

No news, just comment about mobile phones and services, from a veteran practitioner...3G, GPRS, WAP, Bluetooth, WiFi, etc...

Friday, February 18, 2005

100 Mobile Product Ideas...#11...
...Renewing friendships...

In Bowling Alone, Robert Putnam told us that Americans do less things socially than ever before. They increasingly spend their lives alone. More time commuting, less time at home with family. More time watching TV, less time with friends. A disturbing trend.

Less well known perhaps is his follow-up book "Better Together".

Can mobile technology bring people together?

There are all kinds of fancy "social networking" concepts that involve mobile and wireless devices, such as Jambo. But, what about something simpler?

We all know how easy it is to forget to call friends and family. An application to send text messages and initiate calls between distant people might help to improve social cohesion.

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