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Do we know each other or is it just our devices? A federated context model for describing social activity across devices.

Gionis, George; Desruelle, Heiko; Blomme, Dieter; Lyle, John; Faily, Shamal; Bassbouss, Louay


George Gionis

Heiko Desruelle

Dieter Blomme

John Lyle

Louay Bassbouss


The availability of connected devices is rapidly growing. In our everyday life, we already use a multitude of personal devices that are connected to the Internet. The number of shipped smart-phones at the end of 2010 even surpassed the traditional computer segments for the first time in the US [IDC]. From PC, to mobile, to home entertainment and even in-car units, consumers should be preparing for a connected experience. At the same time rise of social media also had a major influence on how people communicate and collaborate. Applications such as Twitter, Facebook and YouTube have become the first place to go when there is breaking news. As devices turn web enabled, this evolution should allow us to connect the day-to-day activities of millions of users regardless of their location and regardless of the type of device they are using. The number of possible activities are endless and range from sending instant messages to friends, taking photographs, looking for deals online, navigating to our destination, reading newspapers and magazines, sharing content and sometimes even talking to others. However, as the web turns ubiquitous, all the more it becomes painfully apparent that we completely rely on dedicated applications in support of our needs. The web is everywhere, but we just can't live without our apps.


GIONIS, G., DESRUELLE, H., BLOMME, D., LYLE, J., FAILY, S. and BASSBOUSS, L. 2011. Do we know each other or is it just our devices? A federated context model for describing social activity across devices. Presented at the Federated social web Europe conference, 3-5 June 2011, Berlin, Germany.

Presentation Conference Type Conference Paper (unpublished)
Conference Name Federated social web Europe conference
Conference Location Berlin, Germany
Start Date Jun 3, 2011
End Date Jun 5, 2011
Deposit Date Dec 1, 2021
Publicly Available Date Dec 1, 2021
Keywords Human-computer interaction (HCI); Internet of Things (IoT); Networks; Devices; Connected devices; Social media
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