Social Reader: Following social networks in the wilds of the blogophere
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Adams, Brett and Phung, Dinh and Venkatesh, Svetha. 2009. Social Reader: Following social networks in the wilds of the blogophere, in Wen Gao and Yong Rui and Alan Hanjalic and Changsheng Xu and Eckehard G. Steinbach and Abdulmotaleb El-Saddik and Michelle X. Zhou (ed), WSM 2009, Oct 23 2009. Beijing, China: ACM.
The first ACM SIGMM workshop on social media in conjunction with ACM multimedia
School of Science and Computing
Department of Computing
Faculty of Science and Engineering
The social interactions manifest in blogs by the network of comments left by owners and readers are an under-used resource, both for blog pundits and industry. We present a web-based feed reader that renders these relationships with a graph representation, and enables exploration by displaying people and blogs who are proximate to a user's network. Social Reader is an example of Casual Information Visualization, and aims to help the user understand and explore blog-based social networks in a daily, real-life setting. Asix week study of the software involving 20 users confirmed the usefulness of the novel visual display, via a quantitative analysis of use logs, and an exit survey
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