8th IEEE International Conference on Collaborative Computing: Networking, Applications and Worksharing

Research Article

Comealong: Empowering experience-sharing through social networks

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  • @INPROCEEDINGS{10.4108/icst.collaboratecom.2012.250638,
        author={Marcos Baez and Beatrice Valeri and Fabio Casati},
        title={Comealong: Empowering experience-sharing through social networks},
        proceedings={8th IEEE International Conference on Collaborative Computing: Networking, Applications and Worksharing},
        publisher={IEEE},
        proceedings_a={COLLABORATECOM},
        year={2012},
        month={12},
        keywords={experience sharing social networks recommender systems},
        doi={10.4108/icst.collaboratecom.2012.250638}
    }
    
  • Marcos Baez
    Beatrice Valeri
    Fabio Casati
    Year: 2012
    Comealong: Empowering experience-sharing through social networks
    COLLABORATECOM
    ICST
    DOI: 10.4108/icst.collaboratecom.2012.250638
Marcos Baez1,*, Beatrice Valeri1, Fabio Casati1
  • 1: University of Trento
*Contact email: baez@disi.unitn.it

Abstract

In this paper we present a social platform that empowers real-life social experiences by using the crowd to help people discover interesting events around a particular location and make the best of the actual experience. We demonstrate how current systems cover only partially the social and individual motivations on deciding and teaming up for events, and propose i) a system of implicit and explicit incentives that rewards intention and experience sharing within circles based on friendship or interests and ii) a discovery algorithm that combines the importance of coming along with friends with the personal interests to recommend events. The resulting platform has been applied to generic events as well as domain-specific ones such as shows in movie theaters.