Orange has launched a mobile social networking aggregator called ‘Social Life’ to bring activity on Facebook, MySpace and Bebo into one central place on the handset.
Accessible from the Orange World mobile internet portal, Social Life allows customers to view and post updates from all three social networks at the same time through a single log-in.
Available to all Orange mobile customers, the Social Life home screen allows users to upload photos, update their status, keep track of friends’ status updates from all three social networks, view social network notifications, including messages, events, pokes and friend requests and send and receive messages.
Customers can control which information they provide to each of their social networks – they can update their status and upload photos to some or all of them through the Social Life home screen. They can also set up free text alerts on specific social network activity and send updates via text message.
The service will also look to incorporate more social networks and later this year.
Orange has also launched Orange Widget Player, a customisable interface which provides access to content and applications from the Orange home screen on Orange Signature devices. Customers can instantly access news, weather and sport updates along with applications such as search, Wikipedia, world clock and others from a widgets catalogue that will grow throughout 2009. Currently only available on the Nokia 6303, Widget Player will be rolled out on further devices throughout the year.
Orange UK head of product management Mark Watts-Jones said: “With Social Life and Widget Player we’re making it simple for customers to manage their favourite content, applications and social networks at the touch of a button. Over time we will be looking to add more sites to the service – helping users to stay in touch in touch with the people and content that matters most to them.”