Six Enablers of Instant Photo Sharing Experiences in Small Groups Based on the Field Trial of Social Camera

  • Jarno Ojala
  • Kaisa Väänänen-Vainio-Mattila
  • Arto Lehtiniemi
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 8253)


Mobile photo taking and sharing has become a frequent leisure-time activity for smartphone users. This paper presents a field study of a mobile application called Social Camera, which enables instant sharing of photos within small groups. The application enables collaborative creation of photo collections with shared folders in the cloud and instant connection through the folders and photos. Social Camera was evaluated using four groups (altogether 17 users) in a field trial. The results reveal six enablers of instant photo-sharing experiences within small groups: sense of connectedness and social awareness, presentation and expression of self, lightweight and surprising interaction, collective photography, documentation of experiences, and finally, privacy and user control. This work gives design implications of these enablers for photo-sharing applications.


Photo sharing user study mobile application social media interaction user experience design 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jarno Ojala
    • 1
  • Kaisa Väänänen-Vainio-Mattila
    • 1
  • Arto Lehtiniemi
    • 2
  1. 1.Human-Centered TechnologyTampere University of TechnologyTampereFinland
  2. 2.Nokia Research CenterTampereFinland

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