Sunday, 22 Jun 2008

Judith Donath – Chat Circles

Chat Circles

Although current online chat environments provide new
opportunities for communication, they are quite constrained
in their ability to convey many important pieces of social
information, ranging from the number of participants in a
conversation to the subtle nuances of expression that enrich
face to face speech. In this paper we present Chat Circles,
an abstract graphical interface for synchronous conversation.
Here, presence and activity are made manifest by
changes in color and form, proximity-based filtering intuitively
breaks large groups into conversational clusters, and
the archives of a conversation are made visible through an
integrated history interface. Our goal in this work is to create
a richer environment for online discussions.

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