Social reader: towards browsing the social web

Adams, Brett, Phung, Dinh and Venkatesh, Svetha 2014, Social reader: towards browsing the social web, Multimedia tools and applications, vol. 69, no. 3, pp. 951-990.

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Title Social reader: towards browsing the social web
Author(s) Adams, Brett
Phung, DinhORCID iD for Phung, Dinh
Venkatesh, SvethaORCID iD for Venkatesh, Svetha
Journal name Multimedia tools and applications
Volume number 69
Issue number 3
Start page 951
End page 990
Total pages 40
Publisher Springer Science & Business Media
Place of publication Secaucus, NJ
Publication date 2014
ISSN 1380-7501
Keyword(s) Blog
Network aggregation
Social media
Summary We describe Social Reader, a feed-reader-plus-social-network aggregator that mines comments from social media in order to display a user’s relational neighborhood as a navigable social network. Social Reader’s network visualization enhances mutual awareness of blogger communities, facilitates their exploration and growth with a fully dragn- drop interface, and provides novel ways to filter and summarize people, groups, blogs and comments. We discuss the architecture behind the reader, highlight tasks it adds to the workflow of a typical reader, and assess their cost. We also explore the potential of mood-based features in social media applications. Mood is particularly relevant to social media, reflecting the personal nature of the medium. We explore two prototype mood-based features: colour coding the mood of recent posts according to a valence/arousal map, and a mood-based abstract of recent activity using image media. A six 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.
Language eng
Field of Research 080305 Multimedia Programming
Socio Economic Objective 899999 Information and Communication Services not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
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