The F@ Framework of Designing Awareness Mechanisms in Instant Messaging

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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). pp. 119-134.

Abstract

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.

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Item type Article
URI https://vuir.vu.edu.au/id/eprint/638
DOI https://doi.org/10.3127/ajis.v13i2.46
Official URL https://journal.acs.org.au/index.php/ajis/article/...
Subjects Historical > Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > School of Management and Information Systems
Historical > RFCD Classification > 280000 Information, Computing and Communication Sciences
Keywords awareness support; instant messaging (IM); empirical study; F@ framework of awareness
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