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Social Disclosure Of Place: From Location Technology to Communication Practices

Ian Smith, Sunny Consolvo, Anthony LaMarca, Jeffrey Hightower, James Scott, Timothy Sohn, Jeff Hughes, Giovanni Iachello, and Gregory D. Abowd

Abstract

Communication of one’s location as part of a social discourse is common practice, and we use a variety of technologies to satisfy this need. This practice suggests a potentially useful capability that technology may support more directly. We present such a social location disclosure service, Reno, designed for use on a common mobile phone platform. We describe the guiding principles that dictate parameters for creating a usable, useful and ubiquitous service and we report on a pilot study of use of Reno for a realistic social network. Our preliminary results reveal the competing factors for a system that facilitates both manual and automatic location disclosure, and the role social context plays in making such a lightweight communication solution work.

Details

Publication typeInproceedings
Published inProceedings of the 3rd International Conference on Pervasive Computing (Pervasive 2005)
Volume3468
SeriesLNCS
PublisherSpringer Verlag
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