Lo-Fi Matchmaking: A Study of Social Pairing for Backpackers

  • Jeff Axup
  • Stephen Viller
  • Ian MacColl
  • Roslyn Cooper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 4206)


It is technically feasible for mobile social software such as pairing or ‘matchmaking’ systems to introduce people to others and assist information exchange. However, little is known about the social structure of many mobile communities or why they would want such pairing systems. While engaged in other work determining requirements for a mobile travel assistant we saw a potentially useful application for a pairing system to facilitate the exchange of travel information between backpackers. To explore this area, we designed two studies involving usage of a low-fidelity role prototype of a social pairing system for backpackers. Backpackers rated the utility of different pairing types, and provided feedback on the social implications of being paired based on travel histories. Practical usage of the social network pairing activity and the implications of broader societal usage are discussed.


Social Network Ubiquitous Computing Reputation System Travel History Computer Support Cooperative Work 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jeff Axup
    • 1
    • 2
  • Stephen Viller
    • 1
    • 2
  • Ian MacColl
    • 1
    • 2
  • Roslyn Cooper
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Information Environments ProgramUniversity of QueenslandAustralia
  2. 2.Australasian Cooperative Research Centre for Interaction Design (ACID) 

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