All posts from
June 2003

Interact Lab

“(…) a research centre concerned with possible interactions between people, technologies and representations. Its focus is on developing novel user experiences in a variety of settings, including the home, schools, public spaces and work. A major Interact goal is to create innovative experiences by embedding physical artefacts in the environment with intelligence. Another is to understand the socio-cognitive basis by which people interact with novel media and environments.” (About Interact Lab) – courtesy of purse lip square jaw

A Social Network Caught in the Web

“(…) an analysis of Club Nexus, an online community at Stanford University. Through the Nexus site we were able to study a reflection of the real world community structure within the student body. We observed and measured social network phenomena such as the small world effect, clustering, and the strength of weak ties. Using the rich profile data provided by the users we were able to deduce the attributes contributing to the formation of friendships, and to determine how the similarity of users decays as the distance between them in the network increases. In addition, we found correlations between users’ personalities and their other attributes, as well as interesting correspondences between how users perceive themselves and how they are perceived by others.” (Lada A. Adamic, Orkut Buyukkokten, and Eytan Adar – First Monday 8.6)