Micro-Blog: Sharing and Querying Content Through Mobile Phones and Social Participation

Shravan Gaonkar, Jack Li, Romit Roy Choudhury, Landon Cox, Al Schmidt

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Abstract

Recent years have witnessed the impacts of distributed content sharing (Wikipedia, Blogger), social networks (Facebook, MySpace), sensor networks, and pervasive computing. We believe that significant more impact is latent in the convergence of these ideas on the mobile phone platform. Phones can be envisioned as people-centric sensors capable of aggregating participatory as well as sensory inputs from local surroundings. The inputs can be visualized in different dimensions, such as space and time. When plugged into the Internet, the collaborative inputs from phones may enable a high resolution view of the world. This paper presents the architecture and implementation of one such system, called Micro-Blog. New kinds of application-driven challenges are identified and addressed in the context of this system. Implemented on Nokia N95 mobile phones, Micro-Blog was distributed to volunteers for real life use. Promising feedback suggests that Micro-Blog can be a deployable tool for sharing, browsing, and querying global information.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationMobiSys'08 - Proceedings of the 6th International Conference on Mobile Systems, Applications, and Services
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery
Pages174-186
Number of pages13
ISBN (Print)9781605581392
DOIs
StatePublished - 2008
Externally publishedYes
Event6th International Conference on Mobile Systems, Applications, and Services - Breckenridge, CO, United States
Duration: Jun 17 2008Jun 20 2008

Publication series

NameMobiSys'08 - Proceedings of the 6th International Conference on Mobile Systems, Applications, and Services
Volume2008-January

Conference

Conference6th International Conference on Mobile Systems, Applications, and Services
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityBreckenridge, CO
Period6/17/086/20/08

Keywords

  • blogging
  • context-aware search
  • energy-aware localization
  • geotagging
  • location privacy
  • mobile phones
  • participatory sensing
  • social networks

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Computer Science Applications

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