Why Social Computing Is the Future Of Interaction

I wrote this mainly as a motivational piece to keep myself working through the late nights. It’s like brain ramen for the grad student mind. With luck, others will take heart in it as well.
Take a look at your computer. Think about how you launch programs, edit documents, and browse the web. Don’t you [...]

Niki Kittur talks on Combining Minds: Coordination and Social Sensemaking

Niki Kittur of CMU spoke at the HCI seminar last friday.   I recently posted abouttalks at CSCW where I mentioned some of his other work.
In this talk he focused on the group, in large-scale social collaboration.  In these large collaborations it is possible to solve problems that are too large for individuals, or to apply [...]

CSCW, the Attention Economy, and Efficient Information Markets

At last week’s CSCW conference, two papers were connected by a theme I find quite interesting—the question of establishing efficient information “markets” that direct the production and consumption of information to where it has the greatest utility.
“”, by Geyer and Dugan, described a nice system aimed at soliciting and directing the energy of bloggers [...]

CSCW Miscellany

There were two papers at CSCW that caught my eye without fitting into any larger theme. “Is it all about Me? Message Content in Social Awareness Streams”, by Naaman, Boase, and Lai, studied the makeup of twitterers and tweets. “Pitfalls of Information Access with Visualizations in Remote Collaborative Analysis” by Balakrishnan, Fussell, Kiesler and Kittur, offered a thought-provoking experiment in collaborative information management. Intriguingly, they found that participants did better when each was given half the information and they had discuss it with their partners, then when each player was given all the information and then allowed to discuss.

CSCW: Mimi Ito on Amateur Media — Incremental, Experimental

I blogged CSCW for the CACM. This is the last of three cross-blog posts on the two keynotes and a very interesting panel.
When late night comedy can’t retain an audience but a man lipsynching in his chair nets more than 700 million views, we know that something is up. [...]

CSCW 2010 examines Wikipedia

I just got back from my first attendance at (half of) CSCW.  It was an enjoyable and enlightening conference.  Overall, my favorite session was the first one I attended—four quite interesting papers studying the use of Wikipedia were presented.
The first, Socialization Tactics in Wikipedia and their Effects, by Choi, Alexander, Kraut and Levine, studied how [...]

CSCW: Terms of Service, Ethics and Bias

I blogged CSCW for the CACM. This is the second of three cross-blog posts on the two keynotes and a very interesting panel.
Four years ago, researchers at AOL released supposedly-anonymized search logs for more a half-million users. The New York Times then used the data to identify individuals such [...]

CSCW: Clay Shirky — Doing work, or Doing Work?

I blogged CSCW for the CACM. This is the first of three cross-blog posts on the two keynotes and a very interesting panel.
MSN usability researchers were stumped. Their usability lab had tested just about every aspect of its MSN portal and had been pleased to find that it consistently scored higher [...]

More progress with List.it

Our list.it note-taking plug-in for Firefox got a very nice review in the New York Times from the ReadWriteWeb blog today.  This tool has been our research group’s most successful by far, with over 14,000 users at last count.   I find this both surprising and wonderful.  Suprising, because when you look at the tool, it [...]