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February 22, 2017

Automatic Alt-text: Computer-generated Image Descriptions for Blind Users on a Social Network Service

CSCW

This paper covers the design and deployment of an automatic alt-text (AAT), a system that applies computer vision technology to identify faces, objects, and themes from photos to generate photo alt-text for screen reader users on Facebook.

By: Shaomei Wu, Jeffrey Wieland, Omid Farivar, Julie Schiller
December 16, 2016

The Paradox of Weak Ties in 55 Countries

Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization

This is the first paper to use a single dataset and methodology to compare the importance of weak ties across countries.

By: Laura K. Gee, Jason J. Jones, Christopher J. Fariss, Moira Burke, James H. Fowler
October 31, 2016

Online Social Integration is Associated with Reduced Mortality Risk

PNAS

We reference 12 million social media profiles against California Department of Public Health vital records and use longitudinal statistical models to assess whether social media use is associated with longer life.

By: William Hobbs, Moira Burke, Nicholas Christakis, James H. Fowler
August 1, 2016

Promoting Connection: Designing Social Media Experiences to Support People with Eating Disorders

International Conference on Design & Emotion 2016

This paper explores ways to address the emotional needs of social media users through designing experiences that (a) make people feel seen and heard by focusing on their suffering and emotions rather than their eating behaviors; (b) help people feel they belong by focusing on activities and opportunities that enable connection with themselves and things they value; and (c) help people feel in control by focusing on resources and information to receive support or take steps toward recovery.

By: Jennifer Guadagno, Valerie Chao, Vanessa Callison-Burch
July 27, 2016

The Relationship Between Facebook Use and Well-Being Depends on Communication Type and Tie Strength

Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication

An extensive literature shows that social relationships influence psychological well-being, but the underlying mechanisms remain unclear. We test predictions about online interactions and well-being made by theories of belongingness, relationship maintenance, relational investment, social support, and social comparison.

By: Moira Burke, Robert Kraut
July 23, 2016

HapticWave: Directional Surface Vibrations using Wave-Field Synthesis

SIGGRAPH 2016

HapticWave is a novel haptic technology that delivers directional haptic sensations generated on a flat surface to the user, without requiring him/her to wear a physical device.

By: Ravish Mehra, Christoph Hohnerlein, David Perek, Elia Gatti, Riccardo DeSalvo, Sean Keller
May 7, 2016

Finexus: Tracking Fingertips Using Four Magnetometers

CHI 2016

We built a system to magnetically track the fingertips in order to bring hands into VR. It works by instrumenting electromagnets at the tips of the finger; the system is able to track the delicate movements in real time using only four magnetic sensors.

By: Ke-Yu Chen, Shwetak Patel, Sean Keller
May 7, 2016

Legacy Contact: Designing and Implementing Stewardship at Facebook

CHI 2016

In this paper we describe Legacy Contact, a new feature that better supports people coping with the death of a loved one on Facebook while giving people more control over what happens to their Facebook account in the future.

By: Jed R. Brubaker, Vanessa Callison-Burch
May 7, 2016

Changes in Engagement Before and After Posting to Facebook

CHI 2016

We are interested in the ways in which posting content changes individuals’ engagement with Facebook. The study augments previous knowledge about uses and gratifications from posting on social network sites by focusing on short-term activity of contributors.

By: Nir Grinberg, Alex Dow, Lada Adamic, Mor Naaman
February 27, 2016

How Blind People Interact with Visual Content on Social Networking Services

Computer-Supported Cooperative Work and Social Computing (CSCW)

In this paper, we explore blind people’s motivations, challenges, interactions, and experiences with visual content on Social Networking Services (SNSs). We present findings from an interview study of 11 individuals and a survey study of 60 individuals, all with little to no functional vision.

By: Violeta Voykinska, Shiri Azenkot, Shaomei Wu, Gilly Leshed