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Title:Navigating the Social Terrain with Google Latitude
Author(s):Page, Xinru W.; Kobsa, Alfred
Subject(s):Google Latitude
Location-based services
Instant Messaging
Social Networking
Social Norms
Mobile Devices
Abstract:Although researchers have been building location-based social services for some time now, sharing one’s location has only recently been introduced to the more general population. This paper examines real-world adoption of and resistance to Google Latitude, a social mobile-device application for people to share their locations. We report findings from an analysis of semistructured interviews with 21 participants using grounded theory. Our research reveals how interviewees perceive the social affordances of location-sharing applications to be conceptually intertwined with the conventions of other social networking and communication technologies; Our findings emphasize that many participants felt pressured to not only adopt social applications such as location-sharing, but also to be responsive and accessible at all times. Participants perceived technology-mediated social interactions (such as “friending” someone) as highly symbolic, and as problematic if they did not strictly adhere to the established social etiquette. We also found that participants’ perception of the social norms around using Latitude varied widely, affecting how and whether participants used the system.
Issue Date:2010-02-03
Genre:Conference Paper / Presentation
Date Available in IDEALS:2010-02-22

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