Mobile Social Networking
Para quem se interessa em pesquisas sobre uso de tecnologias móveis e redes sociais, está disponível o artigo de Giuseppe Lugano, Mobile Social Networking in Theory and Practice, no First Monday. “Mobile social networking” utilizam as mídias móveis e/ou locativas (tecnlopgias e serviços baseados em localização) para colocar pessoas em contato fazer com que elas possam trocar informações e se comunicarem em mobilidade pelos espaços públicos. Os estudos centram-se tanto nas relações sociais estabelecidas em mobilidade por SMS, MMS, como no artugo, ou em sistemas mais complexos como Imity ou Dodgeball, locativos, já tratados nesse Carnet. O texto abaixo centra-se em pesquisa empírica na Finlândia em 2006, sobre o uso de SMS, MMS e voz.
Abaixo abstract e trecho da conclusão.
Mobile social networks have gained the attention of the media, academy and mobile market. Despite of the robust tradition of network and community studies, mobile social networks are often addressed improperly. This paper presents a theoretical framework to study mobile social networking and examines the design implications of results of an exploratory study conducted with a group of 18 young adults in Finland. The findings of this study indicate that the quality of mobile applications offering social networking could be greatly increased by integrating the knowledge of two traditions that so far developed in parallel, namely the mathematical as well as social approaches to social networks.
“(…) Mobile communication has already produced a number of relevant social consequences: among them, the fading boundaries between public and private sphere, the changing perception and use of time and the coordination of everyday life (Rheingold, 2002; Ling, 2004; Castells, et al., 2006). By enabling self–organizing mobile social networks, mobile devices could widen the scope of existing issues and open new relevant questions. For instance, how education systems should address the need of citizens’ communication capabilities needed to exploiting the potential of ICT? And how governments and enterprises could exploit, through appropriate strategies, the power of self–organizing networks of active citizens? In other words, how to turn human networks into a resource for sustainability and not into a threat to political stability? Certainly, opportunities could turn into a nightmare for the humanity if the nature and properties of mobile social networks would be considered only from a technical and economic viewpoint, underestimating the importance of the human and social dimensions.”