Couchsurfing

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A presentation about the Couchsurfing Project, made by Mário Silva Carranca

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  • Non-profit organization: funded by users on a volunteer basis An online community but grounded on very reliable face-to-face interactions A gateway to intercultural communication A free accomodation network? These two are the most important parts of it
  • Couchsurfing

    1. 1. Mário Rui Silva Carranca Tampere University of Technology
    2. 2. <ul><li>What is it? </li></ul>
    3. 3. <ul><li>A non-profit organization </li></ul><ul><li>A free online community </li></ul><ul><li>A gateway to intercultural communication </li></ul><ul><li>A free accomodation network? </li></ul>
    4. 4. <ul><li>How does it work? </li></ul>
    5. 5. <ul><li>User profiles </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Identity verification levels </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Name and address locked </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Name verified </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Location verified </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Extensive personal description </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>References and vouches </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Couch description and availability </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Couchrequest reply percentage </li></ul></ul>http://www.couchsurfing.org/people/karras/
    6. 6. <ul><li>Couchsearch </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Searching for a couch in a certain place </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Couchsearch filters </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>By couch availability </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>By experience </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>By personal details </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>By languages spoken </li></ul></ul></ul>http://www.couchsurfing.org/mapsurf.html
    7. 7. <ul><li>Groups </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Many different user group setups </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>By country </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>By city </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>By common interest </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>By... </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Emergency/Last-minute groups </li></ul></ul>http://www.couchsurfing.org/group.html
    8. 8. <ul><li>Communication </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Couchrequests </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Group message threads </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Personal messages </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Friends list and Contacts list </li></ul></ul>http://www.couchsurfing.org/connections.html
    9. 9. <ul><li>Does it actually work? </li></ul>
    10. 11. Worldwide Statistics as of May 5th Number of Couchsurfers 1 848 310 Successful Surfings (approx) 1 990 538 Friendships Created (approx) 2 144 279 Positive Experiences (approx) 3 411 945 Unique Countries Represented 238 Unique Cities Represented 71 811 Unique Languages Represented 326 In the last week, before May 5th, there were... 24 571 real-life introductions 18 252 positive, 36 negative 6 604 new couches 46.8% of 14 119 signups
    11. 12. Couchsurfers by World Region as of May 5th Europe 50.6% (934 796) North America 28.0% (518 423) South America 6.1% (111 828) Central Asia 5.4% (99 837) Oceania 3.7% (67 556) Southeast Asia 2.0% (36 907) Africa 1.7% (32 065) Middle East 1.4% (26 699) Central America and Caribbean 0.5% (9 161) Antarctic Region 0.0% (71)
    12. 13. <ul><li>Addressing concerns </li></ul>
    13. 14. <ul><li>Safety </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Vouching and reference system </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Monitored private messages </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Information privacy </li></ul><ul><li>Is it really free? </li></ul><ul><li>Does one have to be willing to host people? </li></ul><ul><li>Getting a couch in big cities </li></ul>
    14. 15. Graphical representation of where surfers are registered

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