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Connector: A Geolocated Mobile Social Service

Connector: A Geolocated Mobile Social Service
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Author(s): Pedro Almeida (University of Aveiro, Portugal), Jorge Ferraz Abreu (University of Aveiro, Portugal), Margarida Almeida (University of Aveiro, Portugal), Maria Antunes (University of Aveiro, Portugal), Lidia Silva (University of Aveiro, Portugal), Melissa Saraiva (University of Aveiro, Portugal), Jorge Teixeira (University of Aveiro, Portugal) and Fernando Ramos (University of Aveiro, Portugal)
Copyright: 2011
Pages: 12
Source title: Handbook of Research on Mobility and Computing: Evolving Technologies and Ubiquitous Impacts
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): Maria Manuela Cruz-Cunha (Polytechnic Institute of Cavado and Ave, Portugal) and Fernando Moreira (Portucalense University, Portugal)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-60960-042-6.ch027

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Abstract

The widespread and availability of increasingly powerful mobile devices is contributing for the incorporation of new services and features on our daily communications and social relationships. In this context, geolocation of users and points of interest in mobile devices may contribute, in a natural way, to support either the mediation of remote conversations as the promotion of face-to-face meetings between users, leveraging social networks. The CONNECTOR system is based on geolocation data (people, content and activities), enabling users to create and develop their personal relations with other members of the CONNECTOR social network. Users, maps, sharing features and multimedia content are actors in this social network allowing CONNECTOR to address the promotion of geolocated social networks driven by physical proximity and common interests among users. This chapter discusses the work undertaken for the conceptualization and development of the CONNECTOR system. Preliminary evaluation results along with usage contexts are also presented. The chapter concludes with a discussion about future developments in geolocation and personalization in mobile communication services.

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