September 17, 2007

SCS2007 5-minute Blitz Talks (Day One)

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Life: If you’re bored, you’re doing it wrong – Elan Lee
we should all be carrying buckets with us everywhere we go
they are the key to entertainment because you can just walk in anywhere with one (even doors with “unauthorized persons” signs on them)
described the games “toast” and “sandbags” (floodboarding)
can find fun all around us if you can extract entertainment from the world around you
clothing with hidden messages in the stitching, invisible inks, etc.; tell stories through clothing
everyone should answer payphones all the time – it’s an invitation into a whole new world
– it could be an invitation to become a superhero
“i love bees”
think up a question and call a customer service line (call Butterball’s line and ask them if god exists)
there’s always something to do out there
(pecha kucha” format with progress bar)

Supporting Social Deviance – Cliff Lempe

anytime you violate norms of a community
crime, sex, obscentiy, violence, etc.
most of the interesting online communities are privately owned (by Yahoo, Microsoft, etc.)
open questions:
– why do we have to all get along?
– does misbehavior have its place in online communities?
– how can users voice their dissent with owners of online communities?
– why types of deviance shouldn’t we support?
what role does social deviance play in bringing down a community?
need to allow a certain amount of deviance to test boundaries
Beth Kolko – adapting to cell phones
internet in many places of the world takes happens in public places
“being online” = chatting
“being on the internet” = downloading data
communication versus information
“collective technologies”
cell phones are not collective throughout the entire world
mobile usage outnumbers computer usage 2:1
people don’t trust local entities for access
social networking via SMS is the way elsewhere in the world
SMS makes more sense than the internet

Online Video Gets Social – Mary Madden

57% of online adults watch or download online video
of those who have broadband at home, 66% watch or download online video
only 8% of adults have uploaded a video
multi-channel, annotated communication with web 2.0
at what point do we disconnect and not interact because of information overload?
SearchParty: A Design Concept for Social Search – Thomas Erickson
aim is to design visualizations that show the presence and activities of people in online systems
imagine if you could conduct a search in public
(Jenny: this would be an interesting way to visualize virtual reference transactions)
progressive engagement:
– glimpses of activity (entice)
– watching (imitate)
– kibitzing (share)
– acting (commit)
making people and their activities visible to one another is a powerful way of supporting coordination and collaboration in online contexts
Jerry Michalski – presence
a lazyweb set of ideas
why is it so hard for me to share my screen?
why does it still take me 20 minutes of setup for an enhanced conference call?
why isn’t there a simple comparison tool widget?
why can’t I highlight, annotate, comment on email in my email program?
why are the tools so awful when you try to bring people together into a group?
the tools are still in the “Model T” phase
Clay Shirky
diffusion changes the technology, not just adoption
flash mobs as a form of political protest, announced in public, that can’t be traced to specific people
let’s all walk around “october square” smiling – the secret police have to then decide if this is a political act
showed Twitter feed of someone arrested in Egypt
you don’t just drop this stuff in and get revolution, but something is going on here
makes him hopeful, moreso than the lolcats
anything that lowers transactions costs can be valuable, whether or not the older generation understands it
“the more people use it for their cats, the easier it is to use politically” – Clay quoting someone else
if you really want something to be adopted, especially in repressive regimes with some internet access, make sure it has utility to the entire population
showed Tunisian prison map as an underappreciated tool
the change in common knowlege to public knowledge

1 Comment

  1. play sims game…
    People explore knowledge on affairs like this for various motives….

    Trackback by play sims game — October 4, 2007 @ 6:18 pm

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