Mobile Video Is Next for MySpace, Facebook

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GigaOM Mobilize conference: Mobile social network panelAt a panel at GigaOM’s Mobilize conference today, representatives from MySpace and Facebook both said they saw emerging opportunities to bring video uploads to cell phones. Here are my notes:

John Faith, General Manager and VP, MySpace Mobile, MySpace:

Opportunities in mobile: Right now it’s all about communication, getting info and reacting to it. User-generated content has not had social network applied to it for mobile… New products: Video transcends the actual interface between a user having to type something in, being able to upload that to a social network is rather powerful. We just recently announced the ability to upload video directly, so the extension of that on mobile devices is the next step.

Chamath Palihapitiya, VP of Growth, Mobile and International, Facebook: Mobile strategy:

Uploading photos from mobile is very popular. Video is the next logical place to go. Qik, Flixwagon — that’s really cool stuff. To the extent that we can enable people to upload directly and then share that with their friends, I think that’s very powerful.

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