Thesis Topic Details

Topic ID:
3031
Title:
Managing Your Social Network Profile
Supervisor:
Helen Hye-Young Paik
Research Area:
Services, Web Applications, Location Aware
Associated Staff
Assessor:
John Shepherd
Topic Details
Status:
Active
Type:
R & D
Programs:
CS CE BINF SE
Group Suitable:
Yes
Industrial:
No
Pre-requisites:
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Description:
The so-called social networking sites like Facebook allow users to create a virtual residence into which people are invited to share their ideas, life and artifacts. Because these sites offer different functionality depending on the purpose of the 'residence' and intended audience, people tend to create multiple accounts and use multiple sites to satisfy their needs.

This leads to the problem where the users are left with having to deal with multiple accounts (not just username and password, but also updating personal details, managing groups, etc.) and access multiple sites to achieve a goal (e.g, uploading a video to YouTube and linking it in Facebook).

We propose to a solution in which a single conceptual view of all disparate services across multiple sites is presented as one profile. In the view, summaries of the services, and a way to link services (i.e., mashup) will be provided.

Also, an appropriate view (i.e., profile) will be chosen depending on users' relevant context at runtime. For example, if a user is on holiday, only a list of services pertaining to personal activities will be bundled and delivered to the user. In another example, we consider user availability as a context. When the user is 'busy', the service bundling logic will make sure that no notification service (such as a friend logging into Skype, or friend updating activity) is sent to the user.

Considering the emerging services/applications on mobile devices, we plan to design, implement and deliver this solution in a mobile platform such as iPhone or Google Android.
Comments:
Depending on your WAM, this project can be offered as a honour student thesis scholarship topic.
Past Student Reports
  Vi Toan DO in s2, 2011
Managing Your Social Network Profile
 

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