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Exploring the social implications of location based social networking: an inquiry into the perceived positive and negative impacts of using LBSN between friends

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Abstract


  • Location based social networking (LBSN)

    applications are part of a new suite of emerging social

    networking tools that run on the Web 2.0 platform. LBSN is

    the convergence between location based services (LBS) and

    online social networking (OSN). LBSN applications offer users

    the ability to look up the location of another “friend” remotely

    using a smart phone, desktop or other device, anytime and

    anywhere. Users invite their friends to participate in LBSN

    and there is a process of consent that follows. Friends have the

    ability to alter their privacy settings to allow their location to

    be monitored by another at differing levels of accuracy (e.g.

    suburb, pinpoint at the street address level, or manual location

    entry). This paper explores the impact of LBSN upon society,

    especially upon trust between friends. The study used focus

    groups to collect data, and a qualitative approach towards

    analysis. The paper concludes that while there are a great

    many positive uses of LBSN, there are some significant

    problems with current applications, and that better design is

    required to ensure that these technologies are not exploited

    against a user to commit harm.

Publication Date


  • 2010

Citation


  • Fusco, S. Jean., Michael, K., Michael, M. G. & Abbas, R. (2010). Exploring the social implications of location based social networking: an inquiry into the perceived positive and negative impacts of using LBSN between friends. Ninth International Conference on Mobile Business/2010 Ninth Global Mobility Roundtable (pp. 230-237). Piscataway, New Jersey, USA: IEEE.

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  • 2-s2.0-77954946291

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  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1087&context=eispapers

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  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/eispapers/82

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  • 230

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  • 237

Abstract


  • Location based social networking (LBSN)

    applications are part of a new suite of emerging social

    networking tools that run on the Web 2.0 platform. LBSN is

    the convergence between location based services (LBS) and

    online social networking (OSN). LBSN applications offer users

    the ability to look up the location of another “friend” remotely

    using a smart phone, desktop or other device, anytime and

    anywhere. Users invite their friends to participate in LBSN

    and there is a process of consent that follows. Friends have the

    ability to alter their privacy settings to allow their location to

    be monitored by another at differing levels of accuracy (e.g.

    suburb, pinpoint at the street address level, or manual location

    entry). This paper explores the impact of LBSN upon society,

    especially upon trust between friends. The study used focus

    groups to collect data, and a qualitative approach towards

    analysis. The paper concludes that while there are a great

    many positive uses of LBSN, there are some significant

    problems with current applications, and that better design is

    required to ensure that these technologies are not exploited

    against a user to commit harm.

Publication Date


  • 2010

Citation


  • Fusco, S. Jean., Michael, K., Michael, M. G. & Abbas, R. (2010). Exploring the social implications of location based social networking: an inquiry into the perceived positive and negative impacts of using LBSN between friends. Ninth International Conference on Mobile Business/2010 Ninth Global Mobility Roundtable (pp. 230-237). Piscataway, New Jersey, USA: IEEE.

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-77954946291

Ro Full-text Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1087&context=eispapers

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/eispapers/82

Start Page


  • 230

End Page


  • 237