Beyond the hype of FLICKTWITFACESPACE: moving from lightweight awareness online to embodied encountering and close collaboration
Jun 05, 2009
from 03:00 PM to 05:00 PM
|Where||5214 Social Science & Humanities building (HIA Conference Room, Fifth Floor)|
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Human beings are fundamentally social. It is not surprising, therefore, that social connection sites are flourishing, with more and more people signing up for Flickr, Twitter, Facebook, MySpace and many
other similar services. Using these tools, people can meet others, share content and generally chew the cud of everyday life. In this talk I will talk about the research issues and challenges we face in
moving from social awareness online to information encountering offline and the deep collaboration of co-planning and co-production.
What theories/perspectives we can bring to this space to think more deeply about what is possible - and how the conceptualisations as well as the technical implementation of the web means that much of what has been developed in bespoke sociotechnical solutions for 20 years is now be rediscovered in web space.
Elizabeth Churhill is Principal Research Scientist at Yahoo! Research in Santa Clara, CA. She works the area of Media Experience Research, focusing on social media. Previously she worked at PARC, the Palo Alto
Research Center in Palo Alto, California in the Computing Science Lab (CSL). Prior to that she was the project lead of the Social Computing Group at FX Palo Laboratory, Fuji Xerox’s research lab in Palo Alto.
She writes: At the highest level, I am interested in emerging digital media internet "ethnoscapes", a term I borrow from Arjun Appadurai which refers to the fluid, shifting landscape of people and groups --
passersby, tourists, immigrants, exiles that we encounter here.