Social Software powered by Instant Communities

sixgroups co-worked on scientific paper Livecommunity has supported several conferences such as (suspended) OMD, Web 2.0 Expo, or VielMehr. In the follow-up of the VielMehr conference one of the organizers, Dr. Martin C. Kindsmüller, brought up the idea to write a scientific paper for the HCI International 2009. In this paper the application of the Livecommunity as an instant online community (IOC) in the context of a conference should be analyzed. Now, a paper titled Instant Online Communities as a means to foster conferences written by Martin C. Kindmüller, Jan Milz, and Johannes Schmidt is submitted to HCII and is going to be published in the HCII proceedings in Springer’s Lecture Notes in Computer Science. Martin C. will present it at HCII which takes place this summer in San Diego, CA, USA.

We start with the introduction of our notion of an instant online community. As mentioned, we further analyze the successful application of the Livecommunity at VielMehr in detail, uncover several shortcomings and sketch appropriate solutions to solve the described issues and to improve the Livecommunity (lessons learned). Finally, we introduce the idea of the Shared Common Subject spreading beyond system boundaries. This spreading which implies the blurring of system boundaries is enabled by IOCs providing backchannel functionality such as the Twitter backchannel of the Livecommunity. We regard this idea which causes a paradigm shift as the (scientific) foundation of our future activities.

Update 10/2009: Jan just published his Diplomarbeit – Instant-Online-Communities