Lo-Fi matchmaking: A study of social pairing for backpackers

Axup, Jeff, Viller, Stephen, MacColl, Ian and Cooper, Roslyn (2006). Lo-Fi matchmaking: A study of social pairing for backpackers. In: Paul Dourish and Adrian Friday, UbiComp 2006: Ubiquitous Computing 8th International Conference, proceedings. 8th International Conference on Ubiquitous Computing (UbiComp 2006), Orange County, CA, United States, (351-368). 17-21 September 2006. doi:10.1007/11853565_21


Author Axup, Jeff
Viller, Stephen
MacColl, Ian
Cooper, Roslyn
Title of paper Lo-Fi matchmaking: A study of social pairing for backpackers
Conference name 8th International Conference on Ubiquitous Computing (UbiComp 2006)
Conference location Orange County, CA, United States
Conference dates 17-21 September 2006
Proceedings title UbiComp 2006: Ubiquitous Computing 8th International Conference, proceedings   Check publisher's open access policy
Journal name Lecture Notes in Computer Science   Check publisher's open access policy
Place of Publication Heidelberg, Germany
Publisher Springer
Publication Year 2006
Sub-type Fully published paper
DOI 10.1007/11853565_21
ISBN 3540396349
9783540396345
ISSN 0302-9743
1611-3349
Editor Paul Dourish
Adrian Friday
Volume 4206
Start page 351
End page 368
Total pages 18
Language eng
Abstract/Summary It is technically feasible for mobile social software such as pairing or ‘matchmaking’ systems to introduce people to others and assist information exchange. However, little is known about the social structure of many mobile communities or why they would want such pairing systems. While engaged in other work determining requirements for a mobile travel assistant we saw a potentially useful application for a pairing system to facilitate the exchange of travel information between backpackers. To explore this area, we designed two studies involving usage of a low-fidelity role prototype of a social pairing system for backpackers. Backpackers rated the utility of different pairing types, and provided feedback on the social implications of being paired based on travel histories. Practical usage of the social network pairing activity and the implications of broader societal usage are discussed.
Subjects 280104 Computer-Human Interaction
729901 Technological and organisational innovation
B1
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

 
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