Supporting Interpersonal Interaction during Collaborative Mobile Search

Although most mobile search tools are designed for individuals, many mobile searches involve people searching with others. During these searches, people transition between individual and group search, moving closer to each other and sharing their screen while discussing search criteria and results. O-SNAP is a mobile application that explicitly supports in-person collaborative search by allowing users to physically signal their willingness to share and facilitating face-to-face search-related communication. Users can rotate their devices horizontally to indicate (to the device and others) that they are ready to collaborate, and make use of features designed to increase discussion and reduce uncomfortable coordination.

In  IEEE Computer, Special Issue on Collaborative Information Seeking

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