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Performing a Check-in: Emerging Practices, Norms and ‘Conflicts’ in Location-Sharing Using Foursquare.
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Computer and Systems Sciences.
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Computer and Systems Sciences. (Mobile Life Centre)
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Computer and Systems Sciences. (SICS / Mobile Life)
2011 (English)In: Proceedings of the 13th Conference on Human-Computer Interaction with Mobile Devices and Services, Stockholm, Sweden: ACM , 2011Conference paper (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Location-sharing services have a long history in research, but have only recently become available for consumers. Most popular commercial location-sharing services differ from previous research efforts in important ways: they use manual ‘check-ins’ to pair user location with semantically named venues rather than tracking; venues are visible to all users; location is shared with a potentially very large audience; and they employ incentives. By analysis of 20 in- depth interviews with foursquare users and 47 survey responses, we gained insight into emerging social practices surrounding location-sharing. We see a shift from privacy issues and data deluge, to more performative considerations in sharing one’s location. We discuss performance aspects enabled by check-ins to public venues, and show emergent, but sometimes conflicting norms (not) to check-in.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Stockholm, Sweden: ACM , 2011.
Keyword [en]
Location-sharing, check-ins, foursquare, performance
National Category
Information Systems
Research subject
Man-Machine-Interaction (MMI)
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-67173ISBN: 978-1-4503-0541-9OAI: diva2:469592
Mobile HCI 2011, Stockholm, Sweden, August 30 - September 2, 2011.
Available from: 2011-12-26 Created: 2011-12-26 Last updated: 2013-02-01Bibliographically approved
In thesis
1. Mobility is the Message: Experiments with Mobile Media Sharing
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Mobility is the Message: Experiments with Mobile Media Sharing
2013 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

This thesis explores new mobile media sharing applications by building, deploying, and studying their use. While we share media in many different ways both on the web and on mobile phones, there are few ways of sharing media with people physically near us. Studied were three designed and built systems: Push!Music, Columbus, and Portrait Catalog, as well as a fourth commercially available system – Foursquare. This thesis offers four contributions: First, it explores the design space of co-present media sharing of four test systems. Second, through user studies of these systems it reports on how these come to be used. Third, it explores new ways of conducting trials as the technical mobile landscape has changed. Last, we look at how the technical solutions demonstrate different lines of thinking from how similar solutions might look today.

Through a Human-Computer Interaction methodology of design, build, and study, we look at systems through the eyes of embodied interaction and examine how the systems come to be in use. Using Goffman’s understanding of social order, we see how these mobile media sharing systems allow people to actively present themselves through these media. In turn, using McLuhan’s way of understanding media, we reflect on how these new systems enable a new type of medium distinct from the web centric media, and how this relates directly to mobility.

While media sharing is something that takes place everywhere in western society, it is still tied to the way media is shared through computers. Although often mobile, they do not consider the mobile settings. The systems in this thesis treat mobility as an opportunity for design. It is still left to see how this mobile media sharing will come to present itself in people’s everyday life, and when it does, how we will come to understand it and how it will transform society as a medium distinct from those before. This thesis gives a glimpse at what this future will look like.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Stockholm: Department of Computer and Systems Sciences, Stockholm University, 2013. 101 p.
Report Series / Department of Computer & Systems Sciences, ISSN 1101-8526 ; 13-002SICS dissertation series, ISSN 1101-1335 ; 59
mobile, media, sharing, design, studies, mobility, trials, foursquare, music sharing, co-present interaction, goffman, ubicomp, hci, mobile hci
National Category
Human Computer Interaction
Research subject
Man-Machine-Interaction (MMI)
urn:nbn:se:su:diva-87218 (URN)978-91-7447-643-9 (ISBN)
Public defence
2013-03-11, sal C, Electrum, Isafjordsgatan 20-26, Kista, 13:00 (English)
Mobile Life Centre

At the  time of doctoral defense, the following paper was unpublished and had a status as follows: Paper 4: Submitted.

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