Wednesday, April 29, 2009

SMW'09: Social Mobile Web / August 29 - 31 2009 / Vancouver, Canada

The mobile space is evolving at an astonishing rate. At present there are over 3.5 billion mobile subscribers worldwide and with continued advances in devices, services and billing models, the mobile web looks set to inspire a new age of anytime, anywhere information access. The inherent characteristics of mobile phones enable new types of interactions, e.g. mobile phones are personal to the individual, they are always on and always connected. And as such we are seeing a shift towards mobile devices for social mediated tasks.

The world is also witnessing an explosion in social web services. Online social networking sites such as Facebook and MySpace continue to experience huge increases in usage, with more and more users seeking novel ways of interacting with their friends and family.

In this workshop we are interested in the combination of these two exciting research spaces: the social web and the mobile space. We believe that the social mobile web is going to be a highly influential research area in the near future. As such this workshop will investigate the current state of the social mobile web.

Topics of interest to this workshop include (but are not limited to) the following:

  • Novel social interactions on mobile devices
  • Social mobile content sharing and distribution services
  • Context aware mobile services - beyond location based services
  • Social mobile search and social mobile browsing
  • User evaluations of social mobile services
  • Mobile user interfaces that incorporate social elements
  • Mobility and social networks
  • Models of mobile social behavior and mobile traces
  • Urban gaming, mobile mixed reality, etc.
  • Innovative social mobile applications

This workshop is targeted towards researchers working within the mobile web and social web spaces.

The deadline for papers is May 11th 2009 / Full details on paper submission are available.



Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Freedom To Surf: The Productive Benefits Of Workplace Internet Leisure Browsing

Freedom to Surf:
Workers More Productive
If Allowed to Use the Internet for Leisure

Media Release, Thursday 2 April 2009
University of Melbourne

Surfing the net at work for pleasure actually increases our concentration levels and helps make a more productive workforce, according to a new University of Melbourne study.

Dr Brent Coker, from the Department of Management and Marketing, says that workers who engage in ‘Workplace Internet Leisure Browsing’ (WILB) are more productive than those who don’t.

“People who do surf the Internet for fun at work - within a reasonable limit of less than 20% of their total time in the office are more productive by about 9% than those who don’t,” he says.


According to the study of 300 workers, 70% of people who use the Internet at work engage in WILB. Among the most popular WILB activities are searching for information about products, reading online news sites. [snip]

The attraction of WILB, according to Dr Coker, can be attributed to people’s imperfect concentration. “People need to zone out for a bit to get back their concentration. [snip]

" .... . Short and unobtrusive breaks, such as a quick surf of the internet, enables the mind to rest itself, leading to a higher total net concentration for a days work, and as a result, increased productivity.”

However Dr Coker says that it is important such browsing is done in moderation, as internet addiction can have the reverse effect.


“WILB is not as helpful for ... those who behave with internet addiction tendencies will have a lower productivity than those without.”

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Dr Brent Coker Discussing Study

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Dr Brent Coker /University of Melbourne / Dept of Management and Marketing



Link To Significant Portion of The Study Report

Freedom to Surf: The Productive Benefits of Workplace Internet Leisure Browsing (WILB)