Keeping Up with Friends’ Updates on Facebook
Users of social network sites, such as Facebook, are becoming increasingly overwhelmed by the growing number of updates generated by their friends. It is very easy to miss potentially interesting updates, it is hard to get a sense of which friends are active and especially, which are passive or completely gone. Such awareness is important to build trusted social networks. However, the current social network sites provide very awareness of these two kinds.
This paper proposes a interactive method to visualize the activity level of friends. It creates a time- and an activity-pattern awareness for the user, as well as an awareness of the lurkers. The proposed visualization help the user to browse her friends depending on how recently they have posted and how much interactions their updates have caused.
KeywordsData Stream Social Network Site Color Blindness Interactive Visualization Social Data
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