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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

Location Based Social Networking

Chris Schlechty, Alicia Kellogg, Sean Ren, Danny Swisher

  • 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
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
  • Representative tasks
  • System evolution and changes
  • Current UI and Demo
  • Remaining problems and solutions
  • Summary
  • Questions
  • 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
Initial design
  • Simple tabbed interface
  • Incorporated existing social network features
  • Inherit learned behaviors by using standard formats
ui changes
UI Changes


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


  • Changed title to read “visibility” regardless of selected visibilities
ui changes1
UI Changes


  • Missing Done/Save button caused confusion


  • Added Done button
ui changes2
UI Changes


  • Confusion at visibility process funnel
  • Steep learning curve when adding region


  • Added a tool tip
what s missing
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
Remaining Problems
  • Strangers button in Locations page wasn’t visible enough
  • Fixed by making bold and adding color
remaining problems1
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 problems2
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
  • Unique and fun mobile web application
  • Brings position data to traditional, “lifeless” social networks
  • Interesting implementation challenges still exist
  • Very extensible