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Zazzer: Forming Friendships on Digital Social Networks

Abstract Strong communities are important for society. One of the most important community builders, making friends, is poorly supported online. Dating sites support it but in romantic contexts. Other major social networks seem not to encourage it because either their purpose isn't compatible with introducing strangers or the prevalent methods of introduction aren't effective enough to merit use over real word alternatives. This paper presents a novel digital social network emphasizing creating friendships. Research has shown video chat communication can reach in-person levels of trust; coupled with a game environment to ease the discomfort people often have interacting with strangers and a recommendation engine, Zazzer, the presented system... (more)
Created Date 2011
Contributor Sorensen, Asael H. (Author) / Vanlehn, Kurt (Advisor) / Liu, Huan (Committee member) / Burleson, Winslow (Committee member) / Arizona State University (Publisher)
Subject Computer science / Behavioral sciences / Communication / Chat / Game / HCI / Video / Zazzer
Type Masters Thesis
Extent 48 pages
Language English
Reuse Permissions All Rights Reserved
Note M.S. Computer Science 2011
Collaborating Institutions Graduate College / ASU Library
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