Visualizing conversation

Judith Donath, Karrie Karahalios, Fernanda Viegas

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Abstract

Although the archive of text generated by a persistent conversation (i.e. newsgroup, mailing list, recorded chat, etc.) is searchable, it is not very expressive of the underlying social patterns. In this paper we will discuss the design of graphical interfaces that reveal the social structure of the conversation by visualizing patterns such as bursts of activity, the arrival of new members, or the evolution of conversational topics. Our focus is on two projects: Chat Circles, a graphical interface for synchronous conversation and Loom, a visualization of threaded discussion. Through these examples we will explore key issues in the generation, design and use of graphical interfaces for persistent conversations.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Number of pages1
JournalProceedings of the Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences
StatePublished - Jan 1 1999
Externally publishedYes
EventProceedings of the 1999 32nd Annual Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences, HICSS-32 - Maui, HI, USA
Duration: Jan 5 1999Jan 8 1999

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Science(all)

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