Nokia kills social networking application

But some parts of Messaging for Social Networks will be incorporated into the N8 smartphone

Nokia's Messaging for Social Networks will never make it out of the beta stage. On Friday, Nokia said it is discontinuing the application and instead will use what it has learned in the upcoming N8 smartphone.

The Nokia Messaging for Social Networks beta allowed owners of Nokia's existing smartphones to access Twitter and Facebook from one application.

But now users will no longer have access to the service, and instead they will have to look elsewhere for social networking integration on their phones such as the Facebook for Nokia application available in its Ovi store, according to a blog post.

Instead of turning Messaging for Social Networks into a commercial application, the development and the feedback it has received from users has helped Nokia decide what social networking features it should integrate into smartphones based on Symbian 3, beginning with the N8.

Those features include integrating social networks with the phonebook and the ability to share your current location or points of interest on your favorite social networks, according to Nokia.

Not all users are happy about Nokia's decision to kill Messaging for Social Networks as a separate application. "With this notice you just have lost one of your users," commented an N97 owner on Nokia's blog who goes by the handle "anak0."

Another user, "hookoo," wrote: "I have only used Nokia phones all my life, but the disappointment with N97 and Nokia's policy against existing products and their users is unacceptable."

However, others think it isn't such a big deal. There are better applications for both Twitter and Facebook, according to "lorion84".

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