SocConnect : a social networking aggregator and recommender
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Users of Social Networking Sites (SNSs) like Facebook, MySpace, LinkedIn, or Twitter face two problems 1) their online social friendships and activities are scattered across SNSs. It is difficult for them to keep track of all their friends and the information about their friends online social activities. 2) they are often overwhelmed by the huge amount of social data (friends’ updates and other activities). To solve these two problems, this research proposes an approach, named “SocConnect”. Soc- Connect allows users to create personalized social and semantic contexts for their social data. Users can blend their friends across different social networking sites and group them in different ways. They can also rate friends and/or their activities as favourite, neutral or disliked. “SocConnect” also can recommend unread friend updates to the user based on user previous ratings on activi- ties and friends, using machine learning techniques. The results from one pilot studies show that users like SocConnect’s functionalities are needed and liked by the users. An evaluation of the effectiveness of several machine learning algorithms demonstrated that , and machine learning can be usefully applied in predicting the interest level of users in their social network activities, thus helping them deal with the “network” overload.
DegreeMaster of Science (M.Sc.)
CommitteeDeters, Ralph; Greer, Jim; Dinh, Anh
Copyright DateNovember 2010
social networking sites; recommender system;