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Using Ambient Social Reminders to Stay in Touch with Friends

Using Ambient Social Reminders to Stay in Touch with Friends
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Author(s): Ross Shannon (University College Dublin, Ireland), Eugene Kenny (University College Dublin, Ireland) and Aaron Quigley (University College Dublin, Ireland)
Copyright: 2009
Volume: 1
Issue: 2
Pages: 9
Source title: International Journal of Ambient Computing and Intelligence (IJACI)
Editor(s)-in-Chief: Nilanjan Dey (JIS University, Kolkata, India)
DOI: 10.4018/jaci.2009040109

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Abstract

Social interactions among a group of friends will typically have a certain recurring rhythm. Most people interact with their own circle of friends at a range of different rates, and through a range of different modalities (by email, phone, instant messaging, face-to-face meetings and so on). When these naturally recurring interactions are maintained effectively, people feel at ease with the quality and stability of their social network. Conversely, when a person has not interacted with one of their friends for a longer time interval than they usually do, a situation can be identified in that relationship which may require action to resolve. Here we discuss the opportunities we see in using ambient information technology to effectively support a user’s social connectedness. We present a social network visualisation which provides a user with occasional recommendations of which of their friends they should contact soon to keep their social network in a healthy state.

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