Monday, June 4, 2007

Cyworld USA to go mobile next year

We hadn’t talked to the Cyworld US team
in awhile, so we stopped by their San Francisco offices this week to
play catch up. The South Korean social network that launched in the
U.S. last August, told us they are planning on launching a mobile
application for the U.S. market in the first quarter of 2008.

Cyworld is still working out the details, but the application will
likely end up as an app for one of the mainstream U.S. carriers.
Considering their parent company SK Telecom already has a relationship
with Sprint (via Helio) and T-Mobile USA’s parent company in Germany,
those two carriers are a good bet for a possible U.S. rollout.

And while the mobile app is awhile away, the company seems to be
finally gathering a little traction in the US. At the end of April
2007, Cyworld had a little over one million unique visitors a month,
according to comScore. The company also told us it currently has
250,000 members and is growing at about 22% per month.

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