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The F@ Framework of Designing Awareness Mechanisms in Instant Messaging

Tran, Minh Hong, Yang, Yun and Raikundalia, Gitesh K (2006) The F@ Framework of Designing Awareness Mechanisms in Instant Messaging. Australasian Journal of Information Systems, 13 (2).

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This paper presents our research on awareness support in Instant Messaging (IM). The paper starts with a brief overview of empirical study of IM, using an online survey and face-to-face interviews to identify user needs for awareness support. The study identified a need for supporting four aspects of awareness, awareness of multiple concurrent conversations, conversational awareness, presence awareness of a group conversation, and visibility of moment-to-moment listeners and viewers. Based on the empirical study and existing research on awareness, we have developed the F@ (read as fat) framework of awareness. F@ comprises of the abstract level and the concrete level. The former includes an in-depth description of various awareness aspects in IM, whilst the latter utilises temporal logic to formalise fundamental time-related awareness aspects. F@ helps developers gain a better understanding of awareness and thereby design usable mechanisms to support awareness. Applying F@, we have designed several mechanisms to support various aspect of awareness in IM.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: awareness support; instant messaging (IM); empirical study; F@ framework of awareness
Subjects: Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > School of Management and Information Systems
RFCD Classification > 280000 Information, Computing and Communication Sciences
Depositing User: Ms Cynthia Newing
Date Deposited: 16 May 2007
Last Modified: 23 May 2013 16:39
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