Using Ambient Social Reminders to Stay in Touch with Friends

Using Ambient Social Reminders to Stay in Touch with Friends

Ross Shannon (University College Dublin, Ireland), Eugene Kenny (University College Dublin, Ireland) and Aaron Quigley (University College Dublin, Ireland)
Copyright: © 2009 |Pages: 9
DOI: 10.4018/jaci.2009040109
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Social interactions among a group of friends will typically have a certain recurring rhythm. Most people interact with their own circle of friends at a range of different rates, and through a range of different modalities (by email, phone, instant messaging, face-to-face meetings and so on). When these naturally recurring interactions are maintained effectively, people feel at ease with the quality and stability of their social network. Conversely, when a person has not interacted with one of their friends for a longer time interval than they usually do, a situation can be identified in that relationship which may require action to resolve. Here we discuss the opportunities we see in using ambient information technology to effectively support a user’s social connectedness. We present a social network visualisation which provides a user with occasional recommendations of which of their friends they should contact soon to keep their social network in a healthy state.

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