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Issue No.05 - September/October (2004 vol.24)
pp: 66-75
Alison Lee , IBM T.J. Watson Research Center
Andreas Girgensohn , FX Palo Alto Laboratory
Jun Zhang , University of Michigan
Information sharing, computation, and social interaction are the main features of the Web that enable online communities to abound and flourish. However, the development of cues and browsing mechanisms for these social spaces is lacking. Active contributors to social spaces (that is, Web communities) lack the means to present a public face to visitors. Social browsers that combine social visualization and tools can enable newcomers and visitors to view and explore information and patterns. This article presents two social browsers for two Web communities. CHIplace's People browser provides an abstract graphical view of the CHIplace community based on the self-described work roles of its membership. Portkey's eTree browser uses a life-like tree ecosystem metaphor to reflect the people, activities, and discussions occurring on the Portkey Web site.
Alison Lee, Andreas Girgensohn, Jun Zhang, "Browsers to Support Awareness and Social Interaction", IEEE Computer Graphics and Applications, vol.24, no. 5, pp. 66-75, September/October 2004, doi:10.1109/MCG.2004.24
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