Beyond the hype of FlickTwitFaceSpace: The social Internet in everyday life

Speaker: Elizabeth Churchill , Yahoo! Research

Date: Friday, December 04, 2009

Time: 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM

Refreshments: 12:45 PM

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Location: Patil/Kiva Seminar Room 32-G449

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Host: Rob Miller, MIT CSAIL

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The Internet World Usage Statistics for August 2009 suggest that in the last 9 years, the number of people on the Internet has grown by 362%. Of the 6,767,805,208 people in the world, 1,668,870,408 are on the Internet; that is, 25% of the world's population is now online.

For some, the world without the Internet is a fading reollection; for others, the world without the Internet is simply inconceivable. Between the wealth of use statistics and our own personal experiences, there is much we do not understand about how the Internet fits into everyday lives.

In this talk, I will discuss several projects that combine analysis of usage statistics, analysis of popular and niche Internet sites and services, and qualitative investigations into how people weave online and offline experiences. I will address mundane uses, exciting discoveries and perennial frustrations, considering for a number of domains how people's 'asks' are and are not served by existing applications and services. More specifically, I will talk about the research issues and challenges we face in moving from awareness of others online (saying hi, 'friending', sending 'pings' and issuing 'pokes') to deep collaboration, co-planning and the co-production of shared experiences online. Finally, I will discuss how a scientifically grounded, mixed methods approach to human-centered evaluation, grounded ideation and socio-technical innovation both brings value to business and contributes to fundamental research.

Funding support for this seminar series has been provided by Yahoo!.

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Elizabeth Churchill is a Principal Research Scientist at Yahoo! Research in Santa Clara, CA where she manages the Internet Experiences research group. Elizabeth has an undergraduate degree in Experimental Psychology and an MSc in Knowledge Based Systems, both from the University of Sussex in the UK, and a PhD from the University of Cambridge in Cognitive Science. She has published on many topics including implicit learning, human-agent systems, mixed initiative dialogue systems and social aspects of information seeking. Her current work covers areas such as mediated communication and collaboration, social media, mobile connectivity, transmedia technologies, digital archive and memory, and the development of emplaced media spaces.

Until September of 2006, she worked at the Palo Alto Research Center (PARC), California, in the Computing Science Lab (CSL). Prior to that she led the Social Computing Group at FX Palo Laboratory, Fuji Xerox’s research lab in Palo Alto. Elizabeth writes a column for ACM interactions, and is the current VP of ACM SigCHI (Human Computer Interaction SIG).

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