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Location Based Social Networking. Chris Schlechty, Alicia Kellogg, Sean Ren, Danny Swisher. Problem. Current social networks lack interactions between people and the world around them Social networking sites today don’t take advantage of knowing their member’s location

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Location Based Social Networking

Chris Schlechty, Alicia Kellogg, Sean Ren, Danny Swisher


Problem

  • Current social networks lack interactions between people and the world around them

  • Social networking sites today don’t take advantage of knowing their member’s location

  • A number of privacy concerns exist when incorporating location information


Our Solution:

  • Location aware mobile web application

  • Allows user to view friends and strangers along with proximity information

  • Provides means of limiting access to personal information, primarily location

  • Demo


Overview

  • Representative tasks

  • System evolution and changes

  • Current UI and Demo

  • Remaining problems and solutions

  • Summary

  • Questions


Tasks

  • Find a friend’s location facilitating a meeting

  • Find out information about the people around you

  • Change your visibility settings to limit who can know your current location


Initial design

  • Simple tabbed interface

  • Incorporated existing social network features

  • Inherit learned behaviors by using standard formats


Viewing Location Info


Region Creation/Editting


Lo-fi Prototype


UI Changes

Problem:

  • Participants did not see that the upper left link was where they needed to click to edit visibility settings

    Solution:

  • Changed title to read “visibility” regardless of selected visibilities


UI Changes

Problem

  • Missing Done/Save button caused confusion

Solution

  • Added Done button


UI Changes

Problem

  • Confusion at visibility process funnel

  • Steep learning curve when adding region

    Solution

  • Added a tool tip


Prototype


Friends


Map feature


Visibilities


Task Demonstration

Demo


What’s Missing?

  • Real GPS/position data

  • Current user is hard coded

  • Distances are hard coded

  • No visibility logic is applied

  • Labels on map markers


Remaining Problems

  • Strangers button in Locations page wasn’t visible enough

  • Fixed by making bold and adding color


Remaining Problems

  • Size of window was too large and placed important pieces off screen requiring scrolling

  • Found through lab experiment

  • Resize the height of prototype


Remaining Problems

  • No means of identifying person on map

  • Distances and map position out of sync

  • No “me” indicator on map

  • Some participants completed task to our standards, but reported not completing it


Summary

  • Unique and fun mobile web application

  • Brings position data to traditional, “lifeless” social networks

  • Interesting implementation challenges still exist

  • Very extensible


Questions?


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