“Merolyn the Phone”: A Study of Bluetooth Naming Practices (Nominated for the Best Paper Award)

  • Tim Kindberg
  • Timothy Jones
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 4717)


This paper reports the results of an in-depth study of Bluetooth naming practices which took place in the UK in August 2006. There is a significant culture of giving Bluetooth names to mobile phones in the UK, and this paper’s main contribution is to provide an account of those Bluetooth naming practices, putting them in their social, physical and intentional context. The paper also uncovers how users have appropriated the ways in which Bluetooth, with its relatively short range of about 10-100m, operates between their mobile phones as a partially embodied medium, making it a distinctive paradigm of socially and physically embedded communication.


Bluetooth electronic identity naming mobile phones 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Tim Kindberg
    • 1
  • Timothy Jones
    • 2
  1. 1.Hewlett Packard Laboratories, Filton Rd, Stoke Gifford, Bristol BS34 8QZUK
  2. 2.University of Central England, Birmingham, School of Social Sciences, Perry Barr, Birmingham, B42 2SUUK

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