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iCompuGlobalHyperMegaNetster. Our Mission. Our mission was to create a Social Life Organizer, based upon the concept of the Facebook, which utilizes a web based calendar and other widgets to organize ones personal and social life.

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our mission
Our Mission
  • Our mission was to create a Social Life Organizer, based upon the concept of the Facebook, which utilizes a web based calendar and other widgets to organize ones personal and social life.
  • This new application will become the central hub for ones everyday life and will allow a person to easily coordinate their lives with their friends.
what we knew
What we knew…
  • Facebook is widely used on campus. (Fred Stutzman research)
  • Everywhere we go on campus, we see people continuously logging onto Facebook
  • We want to utilize its popularity and strengths such that it will be a more useful web application
what we did
What we did…
  • We surveyed a group of random people within our demographic (College students, late teens to early twenties] and asked them the following questions:
    • How often do you use Facebook?
    • What do you do most often on Facebook?
    • What feature of Facebook do you use the least?
    • Do you like the layout/design of Facebook?
    • If no, what do you dislike?
    • Would you like to be able to customize the layout of your Facebook profile?
    • How did you learn about Facebook?
    • Your "friends" list consists mostly of...
    • How often do you the My Events function on Facebook?
    • Have you met new people through Facebook?
    • Has Facebook caused you to become more active in the student community?
    • Has Facebook caused you to become more active socially?
  • Casually observed Facebook usage around campus computer labs
what we learned
What we learned…
  • Most people use Facebook more than once a week, with many people using it daily
  • People use the Events feature the least
  • People liked the layout/design
  • Most people use the My Events feature about once a month
  • Majority of people said that Facebook did not help them meet new people, nor become more active socially or in the student community
  • It is evident from the almost universal frequency with which it is used that the service has some significant impact on the users' way of life.
  • It's clear from the information we collected that the service has a direct impact on relations between pre-existing friends
  • It seems that in some ways, many of our participants have become dependent upon the service for at least some of their social interactions
our redesign
Our Redesign
  • Existing calendars are either closed to one or a few devices that must be synched and, excepting Google Calendar, are closed to a finite group of people (UNC’s calendar service, Exchange servers, etc.)
  • Facebook poorly implemented their “event” feature, but there’s potential there
  • We decided to run with our initial “social organizer” idea and design a calendar for use with the Facebook service
redesign cont
Redesign cont.
  • Our new, more refined goal was to create a simple calendar that would leverage the existing strength of Facebook’s extensive “friend” networking along with its near ubiquity among college students
  • Important features that we include:
    • A decent calendar for personal organization
    • The ability to check the availability of a large group of people by entering a list of names
    • An intuitive invitation system
    • Clean integration into the existing Facebook interface
    • Messaging among event attendees before and after the event (including text and photos)
privacy issues
Privacy issues
  • Because the calendar is a component of Facebook, one of its most important features is the ability for others to view your calendar
  • This obviously might be a privacy concern
  • The calendar should have privacy levels for each entry, such that control over who can see what is given to the calendar’s owner
  • Some events will be visible to everyone, while others will just be a block of time marked as “busy”
meet lindsay
Meet Lindsay
  • Created persona of Lindsay, an eager college freshmen who has many acquaintances
  • She’s an out of state political science major who has a desire to turn those hollow Facebook “friendships” into actual ones
  • Scenario – Pizza Party
    • Lindsay wants to have a pizza party in her dorm, but no one responds to her initial Facebook event invitation (because of the feature’s lack of popularity and the limited availability of those she invited)
    • Lindsay makes use of the new calendar feature and is able to check the availability of all the people she invites
    • Many accept the invite because their calendar is much more visible to them and they are available at the time the party is scheduled for
    • Lindsay is able to convey new information about the party the night before because she is able to mass message all the attendees.

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social application match com
Social Application: Match.com
  • Online dating service
  • Plugin on Match.com
  • Imports dates into Facebook Calender
lindsay on match com
Lindsay on Match.com
  • Reputation for standing people up
  • Checks out Match
  • Better able to keep apointments
enabling game play
Enabling Game Play
  • New Persona – Jason
    • UNC Sophomore from Charlotte
    • Pre-med major who still wants the “college experience”
    • Likes to stay in touch with high school friends in Charlotte
  • Brainstorming ideas
    • Ability to create profiles matching MMOG – Rejected
    • Users can load the default Windows/MAC games provided in the OS – Rejected
    • Games would be linked with Yahoo! Games – Rejected
    • The Facebook application will provide a set of games to play
      • Poker, Hearts, Spades, Chess, and Checkers
      • All online and multiplayer
    • Invitations sent via the calendar feature to organize game times
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Enabling Game Play
  • Scenario Description
    • Jason enjoys online poker with friends from school and elsewhere
    • Currently uses other services but often encounters headaches getting games organized
    • All his friends use Facebook and the calendar feature
    • Schedules an online poker event Friday night at 9:30
    • Game played within the web browser
  • Storyboard Flash animation
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Enabling Game Play
  • Write Up
    • New media brings gaming interaction to computer mediated communication channels
    • Internet allows for all people all over the world to participate at any time
    • Facebook enables this coordination based on which friends are available
    • Site designed to strengthen friendships rather than just maintain them
    • Facebook provides a centralized and organized meeting place that is easier than other interfaces
    • Possible weakness: bandwidth issues that may slow down the Facebook application
  • Final thoughts.
  • Questions?