ONLY A SMALL number of people are using geo-location aware smartphone apps, according to a Pew Internet Project report.
While many on the world wide web think that geo-location aware phones are going to be the next big thing, the analyst outfit rubbished the theory.
Only four per cent of online adults use a service such as Foursquare or Gowalla that allows them to share their location with friends and to find others.
Only one per cent of Internet users use these services on a daily basis and twice as many men as women use them. It seems that men want to be found whereas women want to be left alone.
Pew notes that lots of people don't even know if they are using a geo-location aware application.
The report was based on the results of a telephone survey by the Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Project conducted between August 9 and September 13, 2010. It contacted 3,001 adults age 18 and older.
It would appear that the future is not with us yet, or people are buying smartphones but are not really sure what they can do. µ
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