Constellate

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An initial presentation of the project I am considering working on for my ITP thesis.

Created for the Spring '09 class When Strangers Meet

http://lehrblogger.com/category/itp/thesis/

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Constellate

  1. 1. Constellate a project proposal
  2. 2. Constellate a thesis project proposal
  3. 3. the problem: <ul><li>we have to re-add and re-group all of our friends for each new social web/ mobile service we want to try </li></ul>
  4. 5. <ul><li>a web service </li></ul>
  5. 6. <ul><li>a social network </li></ul>
  6. 7. <ul><li>a social network with no content </li></ul>
  7. 8. <ul><li>keeping track only of the relationships between people </li></ul>
  8. 10. <ul><li>a walled garden </li></ul>
  9. 11. <ul><li>a walled garden </li></ul><ul><li>with many gates </li></ul>
  10. 12. <ul><li>Users input (or import) information about their relationships </li></ul><ul><ul><li>names, email addresses, </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>handles/screennames </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>how they know each person </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Users group people together with custom tags </li></ul><ul><li>Tags can then be used on third-party services </li></ul>
  11. 13. <ul><li>Developers then have access to robust and current relationship information </li></ul><ul><ul><li>who knows who </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>how people tag/classify each other </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Developers use either a web API or an installable black box that automatically synchronizes with Constellate database </li></ul>
  12. 14. <ul><li>is it monetizable? </li></ul>probably not
  13. 15. probably not for profit
  14. 17. Strangers?
  15. 18. Dodgeball
  16. 20. Dodgeball for the web
  17. 21. Constellate knows <ul><ul><li>what you are doing on the web </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>who you are friends with </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>who your friends are friends with </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>what they are doing on the web </li></ul></ul>
  18. 22. Example
  19. 23. <ul><ul><li>you're looking at photos on Flickr </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>a friend of a friend is also looking at those same photos on Flickr </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Flickr queries the Constellate API and learns that these users have a mutual friend </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Flickr then asks both people if they would like an introduction in the context of these photos and that friend (note that the opt-in is on a case by case basis) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>If both you and the friend of a friend consent, an introduction is provided </li></ul></ul>
  20. 25. <ul><ul><li>can strengthen connections between creators and viewers of content </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>web is no longer inhabited by mutually unaware strangers </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>uses social relationships to re-conceptualize 'viewing a website' as 'being present at a website' </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>mutual friends passively brokering introductions </li></ul></ul>
  21. 26. <ul><ul><li>can strengthen connections between creators and viewers of content </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>web is no longer inhabited by mutually unaware strangers </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>uses social relationships to re-conceptualize 'viewing a website' as 'being present at a website' </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>mutual friends passively brokering introductions </li></ul></ul>
  22. 27. <ul><ul><li>can strengthen connections between creators and viewers of content </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>web is no longer inhabited by mutually unaware strangers </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>uses social relationships to re-conceptualize 'viewing a website' as 'being present at a website' </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>mutual friends passively brokering introductions </li></ul></ul>
  23. 28. <ul><ul><li>can strengthen connections between creators and viewers of content </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>web is no longer inhabited by mutually unaware strangers </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>uses social relationships to re-conceptualize 'viewing a website' as 'being present at a website' </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>mutual friends passively brokering introductions </li></ul></ul>

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