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What am I not seeing? An Interactive Approach to Social Content Discovery in Microblogs.

Tintarev, N., Kang, B., Höllorer, T. and O'Donovan, J., 2016. What am I not seeing? An Interactive Approach to Social Content Discovery in Microblogs. In: 8th International Conference on Social Informatics, 14-17 November 2016, Seattle, WA, USA, 279-294.

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DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-47874-6_20


In this paper, we focus on the informational and user experience benefits of user-driven topic exploration in microblog communities, such as Twitter, in an inspectable, controllable and personalized manner. To this end, we introduce ``HopTopics'' -- a novel interactive tool for exploring content that is popular just beyond a user's typical information horizon in a microblog, as defined by the network of individuals that they are connected to. We present results of a user study (N=122) to evaluate HopTopics with varying complexity against a typical microblog feed in both personalized and non-personalized conditions. Results show that the HopTopics system, leveraging content from both the direct and extended network of a user, succeeds in giving users a better sense of control and transparency. Moreover, participants had a poor mental model for the degree of novel content discovered when presented with non-personalized data in the Inspectable interface.

Item Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Poster)
Additional Information:Source: Social Informatics, PT II, 10047 279-294 LNCS Volume 10047
Group:Faculty of Science & Technology
ID Code:24682
Deposited By: Symplectic RT2
Deposited On:21 Sep 2016 13:18
Last Modified:14 Mar 2022 13:58


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