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Papers/Notes: Using Your Social Network

Wednesday, April 14
11:30 AM - 1:00 PM

What Do People Ask Their Social Networks, and Why? A Survey Study of Status Message Q&A Behavior
Meredith Ringel Morris, Microsoft Research, USA
Jaime Teevan, Microsoft Research, USA
Katrina Panovich, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA

Explores the phenomenon of using social network status messages to ask questions, including the frequency of the behavior, the question types and topics, and people's motivation for asking and answering.

Affirming the self through online profiles: Beneficial effects of social networking websites
Catalina Toma, Cornell University, USA

Social networking sites enable users to create flattering profiles and to amass social connections. This paper argues that reviewing this positive representation of the self has self-affirming benefits, in that it makes users more secure and open-minded.

 Improving Social Game Engagement on Facebook through Enhanced Socio-Contextual Information
Ben Kirman, University of Lincoln, UK
Shaun Lawson, University of Lincoln, UK
Conor Linehan, University of Lincoln, UK
Francesco Martino, University of Padova, Italy
Luciano Gamberini, University of Padova, Italy
Andrea Gaggioli, Istituto Auxologico Italiano, Italy

Describes a controlled study of a Facebook application with socio-contextual enhancements. Findings confirm that enhanced social information increases engagement in social games.

The Role of Community and Groupware in Geocache Creation and Maintenance
Carman Neustaedter, Kodak Research Labs, United States
Anthony Tang, University of British Columbia, Canada
Tejinder K. Judge, Virginia Tech, United States

Describes a study of geocaching. Results outline the importance of community and groupware for content generation and maintenance in location-based experiences.

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