From offline to online: Connecting people with a mobile social networking application at a conference

Alvin Chin, Bin Xu, Chen Zhao, Xia Wang

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People that we encounter and connect with at conferences, provide opportunities for extending our social networks from offline to online. How can users easily find and connect with the relevant people in the conference? We present Find & Connect, an application that combines proximity and homophily information. We conducted a user study and deployment of our application at the UbiComp 2011 conference, and discovered that most users found it useful for finding nearby people and making new connections. Studying the offline and online user behavior reveal that certain sessions are more conducive to greater offline and online interactions, and that users add contacts primarily due to proximity (i.e. they know each other in real life and have encountered before). These results can form the stepping stone to creating a user behavior model for offline and online.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of Chinese CHI 2014 - 2nd International Symposium of Chinese CHI
Number of pages10
ISBN (Print)9781450328760
Publication statusPublished - 2014
MoE publication typeA4 Article in a conference publication
EventInternational Symposium of Chinese CHI - Toronto, Canada
Duration: 26 Apr 201427 Apr 2014
Conference number: 2


ConferenceInternational Symposium of Chinese CHI
Abbreviated titleChinese CHI


  • conference
  • homophily
  • mobile social network
  • proximity
  • social connection
  • social network
  • user behavior

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