Facebook and Twitter Access via Mobile Browser Grows by Triple-Digits in the Past Year Social Networking Penetration via Browser Reaches 30 Percent among Smartphone Owners Reston, VA, March 3, 2010 - comScore, Inc. (NASDAQ: SCOR), a leader in measuring the digital world, released a study on social networking access via mobile browser. The study found that 30.8 percent of smartphone users accessed social networking sites via their mobile browser in January 2010, up 8.3 points from 22.5 percent one year ago. Access to Facebook via mobile browser grew 112 percent in the past year, while Twitter experienced a 347-percent jump.
“Social networking remains one of the most popular and fastest-growing behaviors on both the PC-based Internet and the mobile Web,” said Mark Donovan, comScore senior vice president of mobile. “Social media is a natural sweet spot for mobile since mobile devices are at the center of how people communicate with their circle of friends, whether by phone, text, email, or, increasingly, accessing social networking sites via a mobile browser.” More than 30 Percent of Smartphone Owners Access Social Networking Sites via Mobile Browser In January 2010, 11.1 percent of all mobile phone users accessed a social networking site via mobile browser, an increase of 4.6 percentage points from the previous year. Much of this growth has been driven by smartphone owners, 30.8 percent of whom accessed social networking sites on their mobile browsers, up more than 8 percentage points on the year. By comparison, just 6.8 percent of feature phone users accessed social networking sites on their mobile phones. Mobile Browser Access to Social Networking: Smartphone vs. Feature Phone 3-month average ending Jan. 2010 vs. Jan. 2009 Total U.S. Age 13+ Source: comScore MobiLens Percent of Subscribers Accessing Social Networking via Mobile Browser Jan-09 Jan-10 Point Change All Mobile Phones 6.5% 11.1% 4.6 Smartphone 22.5% 30.8% 8.3 Feature Phone 4.5% 6.8% 2.3 Mobile Browser Access of Facebook and Twitter Posts Triple-Digit Growth Access of leading social networking sites via mobile browser continues to see significant growth. In January 2010, 25.1 million mobile users accessed Facebook via their mobile browser, up 112 percent from the previous year. MySpace attracted 11.4 million users, approximately half that of Facebook, in January. Interestingly, Facebook’s mobile browser audience surpassed MySpace in February 2009, three months earlier than the Facebook audience exceeded that of MySpace on the PC-based Internet in May 2009. Twitter, which has experienced tremendous growth in both mobile and PC-based visitation, attracted 4.7 million mobile users in January, up 347 percent versus year ago. These figures do not include access of the social networking services by the nearly 6 million mobile phone owners who do so exclusively through mobile applications. Number of Mobile Subscribers Accessing Facebook, MySpace and Twitter via Mobile Browser 3-month average ending Jan. 2010 vs. Jan. 2009 Total U.S. Age 13+ Source: comScore MobiLens Total Audience (000) Jan-09 Jan-10 % Change Facebook.com 11,874 25,137 112 MySpace.com 12,338 11,439 -7 Twitter.com 1,051 4,700 347