O'Reilly Emerging Technology Conference.
Books Safari Bookshelf Conferences O'Reilly Network

Arrow Home
Arrow Registration
Arrow Speakers
Arrow Keynotes
Arrow Tutorials
Arrow Sessions
Arrow At-a-Glance
Arrow Wiki
Arrow Events
Arrow Exhibitors
Arrow Sponsors
Arrow Hotel/Travel
Arrow Venue Map
Arrow Tips for Attendees 
Arrow See & Do
Arrow Press
Arrow Mail List
Arrow Digital



Finding the Right Moment - Fluidtime: Timing Tools for Social Networks
Molly Steenson, Interaction Design Institute Ivrea
Michael Kieslinger

Track: Social Software
Date: Tuesday, February 10
Time: 11:45am - 12:30pm
Location: California Ballroom B

With the proliferation of mobile phones, people now manage time differently, planning activities and events on the fly. The mobile phone is becoming the primary tool people use for coordinating events, interactions, and activities. It replaces the clock and breaks the fixed-calendar paradigm. Mobile phones transform time from a fixed series of moments into a flow of negotiations and adjustments.

This freeform scheduling works well within a small group of people. But when the group's size increases, so does the complexity, which in turn limits the mobile phone's capabilities as a flexible time-management tool. This complexity points to an opportunity for new social software that supports the time negotiation process in bigger social networks.

With these considerations in mind, we present Fluidtime www.fluidtime.net, a working service prototype that allows people to synchronize their timing with different service organizations or with each other. It connects people to the timings of groups of people or to real-time data about tasks and events.

Fluidtime offers a new path within the social software arena. When social software considers issues of time and coordination, it is mostly through blogs or other web-based, asynchronous communication media. These solutions tend not to enable mobile, elastic time management. Fluidtime's synchronous model helps people to find the right moment to connect on the go, whether with the bus, their groups of friends, or their other tasks.

Download presentation file

O'Reilly Home | Privacy Policy

© 2004, O'Reilly Media, Inc.