Facebook, BlackBerry Join Forces

    October 24, 2007

Combine an addictive device – the BlackBerry – with a popular social network – Facebook – and what do you get?  I’m not sure I want to know, but thanks to a new development, we’re about to find out.

“Facebook for BlackBerry Smartphones” launched earlier today.  Given the power of its two components, we may see a lot of huddled-over zombies just in time for Halloween.  “Must . . . poke” they’ll groan as friends and coworkers flee in terror.

On the bright side, this will probably make onlookers more easily accept the deal that supposedly just went down between Facebook and Microsoft.  Remember those $10-$15 billion valuation rumors?  They’re baaack.

The eyes that BlackBerry smartphones will bring to Facebook are worth thinking about – every view makes advertisers think of dollar signs.  This development is also important in the sense that it deals with the mobile market, a place in which even Google has had trouble finding its footing.

Facebook for BlackBerry Smartphones will be free, by the way, and there doesn’t appear to be anything else that would prevent the application from being as infectious as Solanum.