Making a Home for Social Media

Clint Heyer, Irina Shklovski, Nanna Gorm Jensen

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In this paper we report on the design and implementation of an initial prototype to explore how to better situate in the home social media content individually generated by family members. We considered whether existing infrastructure and practices of social media might be leveraged to offer new kinds of shared family experiences. We found that families perceived the system to be “cosy” and intimate, especially in contrast to Facebook, and as a result ‘shared to care’. While aspects of the design had a strong role to play in faciliating this perception, participants enacted their own boundaries of sharing and disclosure based on pre-existing practices and attitudes toward social technologies. The study demonstrated that there are productive design opportunities in home systems that can leverage content via a broad range of social media applications.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationUbiComp '13 Proceedings of the 2013 ACM international joint conference on Pervasive and ubiquitous computing
Number of pages4
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery
Publication date8 Sept 2013
ISBN (Print) 978-1-4503-1770-2
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-4503-1770-2
Publication statusPublished - 8 Sept 2013
EventThe 2013 ACM International Joint Conference on Pervasive and Ubiquitous Computing - Zurich, Switzerland
Duration: 8 Sept 201312 Sept 2013


ConferenceThe 2013 ACM International Joint Conference on Pervasive and Ubiquitous Computing
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  • design
  • human factors

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