Research on social proximity

In response to a request by @Gahlord to research the concept of “social proximity” I have found eight articles that broadly sketch the primary issues and principles related to “social proximity”.

In Towards Design Guidelines for Portable Digital Proximities A Case study with Social Net and Social Proximity (.pdf), the authors apparently introduced the concept of social proximity, which they define as:

[T]he relationships between people in space, within social networks, and through time.

In Life in the network: the coming age of computational social science, the authors discuss the rapidly changing pace of computational social science.

In To join or not to join: the illusion of privacy in social networks with mixed public and private user profiles (.pdf) the authors discuss privacy issues related to social media and the natural tension between “public” and “private” information (see also my earlier article relating to this topic).

In Inferring friendship network structure by using mobile phone data, the authors found that it’s possible to infer with 95% accuracy friendships based on mobile data.

In Bridging the Gap Between Physical Location and Online Social Networks (.pdf), the authors demonstrate how to predict friendship between two users using their respective location trails.

In Social distance, heterogeneity, and social interactions (.pdf, and I hope you’re good in mathematics to understand this article), the authors propose a new model to analyze peer group interactions.

In Connectivity Does Not Ensure Community: On Social Capital, Networks and Communities of Place (.pdf), the author proposes that the strongest online communities are those create senses of social ownership within the community.

In Semantic Grounding of Tag Relatedness in Social Bookmarking Systems (.pdf) the authors discuss how collaborative tagging systems can be used to derive a global tagging relatedness structure from an uncontrolled tagging folksonomy.

In The anatomy of a large-scale social search engine (.pdf) the authors present Aardvark, a social search engine.

Google Chrome Cr-48 Notebook Chapter 1

Using a Chrome Cr-48 Notebook is a bit like skiing powder: it’s a little weird at first, if one is used to groomed slopes, but once you’re used to skiing in powder snow it’s a seriously cool experience.

Sublime. Zen.

These are the words I routinely use to describe my powder skiing experiences. Similarly, using a Chrome Cr-48 Notebook approaches these experiences. What I will focus on in Chapter 1 is the initial experience of getting started with the Chrome Cr-48 (which is very “un-Apple” in a fun way).

First, you receive a cool geek cardboard brown carrying case with a funky-cool graphic screened on the front…
…then you open the box and find a simple activation schema…

…then you unwrap the battery back from the bubble wrap and place it in the notebook and begin charging the battery…

…then you add stickers…

…then you join the Cloud.

Easy. And you’re “in”.

The first thing I realized using the Chrome Cr-48 was that I never fully worked “in the Cloud”. Rather, I have been operating as some type of Cloud-borg: half-in (operating in Google Apps word), half-out (using a notebook to do things such as load docs to “the Cloud”, rather than creating and storing files solely while working within “the Cloud”).

With the Chrome Cr-48, one must fully commit–there is no desktop/laptop option, per se. Consequently, I am completely rethinking file management, creation, access, and storage. And I must say I am loving the challenge, so much so, that when I use my “other” computer it feels like I’m skiing on 1960’s era wooden skis, rather than the modern fat Icelantic Nomads I use to surf the powder and carve it in the trees.

There have been interesting cases where I’ve had to redeploy “the old one” to execute a routine task: adding a dual monitor did not work on the Cr-48 (i.e., “no signal found” by the monitor, a known issue in the Chrome forum), and my Android phone was not recognized when I “mounted” it to the Cr-48 via the single USB port, another known issue in the Chrome forum). I’m sure I’ll find other bugs, but that’s part of the early-adopter life-cycle.

Regardless, the Cr-48 is easy to set up, easy to use, and seamlessly integrates with Enterprise Google Apps. Given this synergy, I feel my productivity has not taken a hit and in some cases has increased. I am really looking forward to the next chapters.