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Enabling Informal Communication of Digital Stories

Debaty, Philippe; Goddi, Patrick; Gossweiler, Rich; Rajani, Rakhi; Vorbau, Alex; Tyler, Josh


Keyword(s): digital media; photo sharing; multimodal; camera phones; storytelling

Abstract: The convergence of communication and imaging capabilities in a single device, the camera phone, is changing the way people take, share and communicate around pictures. In this paper, we describe and discuss three complementary research prototypes - MemoryNet Viewer, Plog and StoryMail - that we built to explore how media can be used as part of everyday storytelling activities. Each system focuses on informal, casual and lightweight solutions for multimedia storytelling and conversation. We conducted small preliminary pilot studies that revealed interesting patterns of use of the media within social networks, which we plan on investigating further. Notes:

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