Performing a check-in: Emerging practices, norms and 'conflicts' in location-sharing using foursquare

Cramer, Henriette, Rost, Mattias and Holmquist, Lars (2011) Performing a check-in: Emerging practices, norms and 'conflicts' in location-sharing using foursquare. In: MobileHCI '11 - 13th International Conference on Human Computer Interaction with Mobile Devices and Services, 30th August - 2nd September 2011, Stockholm, Sweden.

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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.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Subjects: G400 Computer Science
P900 Others in Mass Communications and Documentation
Department: Faculties > Arts, Design and Social Sciences > Design
Depositing User: Paul Burns
Date Deposited: 31 Aug 2018 14:12
Last Modified: 11 Oct 2019 19:30

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