MyTweetFace<br />Integrating cam-whoring and social networking services<br />Farah Liana Binti Abu Bakar<br />1061105377<br />Bachelor of Multimedia (hons) in Media Art<br />Multimedia University, Malaysia<br />
PROJECT PROPOSAL<br />Topic : Cam-whoring + Social Networking = Interactive Photo-installation<br />Theme : Social innovation and new media<br />Background research : <br />An interactive photo-installation usually will works with real-time images and face recognition software. The aim of this installation is to bring people closer together in a playful way. Like many social networking tools on the internet, this installation enables you to connect with other people. It plays with the idea that the virtual world is replacing our social life and therefore wants people to connect in the real world again.<br />Reason : <br />Cam-whore and social networking have become new trends in Malaysia. Definition of cam-whores in Malaysia is differ from foreign country. Cam-whore means anyone who is addicted to taking countless pictures of themselves to post on the internet. Pictures range from conservative face shots to explicit nude photos complete with visible sex acts. But in Malaysia, its means someone who likes taking pictures of himself/herself in all kinds of places. Self obsession is definitely there, but skin showing is not necessary in this context.<br />
PROJECT PROPOSAL<br />Problem Identification :<br />People who like cam-whoring usually like to seek for attention and will use online social network services such as Facebook, MySpace and Friendster as their medium.<br />what is a social network service?<br />"A social network service is an online service, platform, or site that focuses on building and reflecting of social networks or social relations among people, e.g., who share interests and/or activities. A social network service essentially consists of a representation of each user (often a profile), his/her social links, and a variety of additional services." –Wikipedia<br />Aim and Objectives :<br /><ul><li>To experiment how users react on camera
To experiment on different ways of communicating and interacting
To give users new experience of photo sharing</li></li></ul><li>PROJECT PROPOSAL<br />Motivation : <br />Cam-whoring activity and social networking services are much related to today's trends. So, I am trying to adapt this pop cultural into my project.<br />Ideation and Concept: <br />With the technology of Bluetooth 3.0, photo booth and webcam, I have got an idea to plan for this project. By combining all these technologies, I am pretty sure that this application will attract more users. User need to take their picture in front of screen provided. Face detection will be use for this purpose. After their image has been captured, they can start to do basic editing; resize, cropping or rotating. When they are done, they can choose either to download it to their phone or send it straight to their email or social networking account. An extra feature of this application is the ability to connect the user with someone new on social networking services. User can choose their new friend which has been sorted into categories.<br />Design Approach: Photographic, real-time interaction, face detection<br />
RESEARCH & ANALYSIS<br />Definition : <br /><ul><li>Camwhoring- generally means someone who likes taking pictures of themselves in any places or circumstances. They have high self obsession but they did not showing their flesh/skin or something unnecessary in this context. Other than that, people who enjoying camwhoring usually like to seek for attentions and will use online social networking services such as Facebook, MySpace and Friendster as their medium.
Social networking service - a platform for people who have same interest to gather and share their information and experiences virtually using the internet service. </li></ul>Cam-whoring : <br /><ul><li>adaptation from Japanese pop culture and innovation from sticker self-photo booth, mobile camera phone and also compact digital camera.
There are a lot of applications on net that are using the webcam to capture users’ image (adapting the concept of cam-whoring)
A cam-whoreusually like to seek for attentions and will use online social networking services such as Facebook, MySpace and Friendster as their medium.
This trend also can be seen in Malaysian drama and movies.</li></li></ul><li>RESEARCH & ANALYSIS<br />Social Networking Services<br /><ul><li>Facebook ranks no. 1 in the world / Malaysia
Launched in 2004 by Harvard University students for their university social networking.
The Web site designed to put students in touch with one another, share their photos and meet new people
Facebook features :</li></ul>Sharing pictures, status updating, Facebook applications, adding friends, events invitation, grouping<br /><ul><li>Facebook applications :</li></ul>Facebook's first-party applications include photos, videos, groups, events, marketplace, posted items, notes and gifts. These are applications developed by Facebook and available to all members.<br />Facebook's third-party applications --there are hundreds of them developed by Facebook members.<br />
RESEARCH & ANALYSIS<br />Case studies<br />SJANSMACHINE<br /><ul><li>This project is a collaboration between Rolf van Gelder, CarminKarasic and Olga Mink. It works with realtime images and face recognition software. They also using the concept of social networking in this project by aiming to bring people close together in a playful way. They want to highlight that the virtual world is replacing our social life and therefore wants people to connect in the real world again.</li></ul> THE WORLD LARGEST PHOTO BOOTH<br /><ul><li>The Photo Booth was housed to promote the exhibition of photographic work by Diane Arbus - ARTIST ROOM On Tour with the Art Fund. The user will take a seat in front of the camera and their series of pictures will be taken by face detection software. These pictures then will be downloaded from the camera and compiled into the style of Diane Arbus'sPolaroid. The images then will be displayed on the big screen and also will be upload on a photostream/social mediasite as their memories of this experience.</li></ul>TRON PHOTO BOOTH<br /><ul><li>Tron photo booth is a self-images photography application that has been developed to promote the movie of Tron Legacy. This photo booth can be founf on stand alone website and also in FB apps. User can take their picture with the background of the scene form the movie, edit it, and upload it on their FB wall.</li></li></ul><li>RESEARCH & ANALYSIS<br />Data Analysis<br /><ul><li>The questionnaires has been hosted online and 30 respondents have taking part.
Their age range is varied but majority of them are teenagers and young adults.
The main reason for them to have SNS account is to be friend and socialize with others.
70% of respondents have more than 1 SNS accounts
4 main factors that make them using SNS ; friendship, family, networking and fun.
Majority of them spent 1 -6 hours on SNS to chat, playing games and observing others’ profile
They like to share pictures and video especially own self photos
Taking photo alone is their first choice, followed by with boyfriend/girlfriend and family.
Majority of them are taking and uploading the pictures in their own accounts.</li></li></ul><li>IDEA DEVELOPMENT<br /><ul><li>User will be directed to “Instruction Page” after clicking on “START” button.
After done with the instruction, user may proceed to the next page.</li></ul>User entered interactive area to interact with the application. The developer controlled the program in control centre<br /><ul><li>User then can activate the program by clicking on “START” button
This intro page will provide title, basic description, and also tag line to the user.</li></li></ul><li>IDEA DEVELOPMENT<br /><ul><li>The image taken will be shown up
User will be asked either they like the picture or not
If no, back to previous page</li></ul>Terms and Conditions are applied in order to keep this application safe and on track.<br />User need to agree with T&C before proceed to the next page.<br /><ul><li>The camera is triggered by face detection.
The camera will start snapping the pictures when it detects face.</li></li></ul><li>IDEA DEVELOPMENT<br /><ul><li>If the user choose to join the network, they need to key-in their personal data
Personal data : name, age, interest, nationality, sex, language, email
Save the data to proceed to the next stage.</li></ul>User then can edit their pictures<br />Features available:<br /><ul><li>Brightness, saturation, contrast, color
The reason of using friend suggestion; give user more space to decide either he/she like to be friend with other or not.</li></ul>The data then will be saved and displayed on the screen<br /><ul><li>The image will be floating on the screen