I have completed my MA thesis “A Case Study on Ubiquitous Social Networking: Fusion Mobile.” I was really lucky to have Arki sponsor me for this project and to be able to work within such a nice community. I consider myself very fortunate. The results were presented by my co-workers and Arki at the Mindtrek conference in the social media track (as an accepted student academic paper) in Tampere.
The abstract can be found below. My job consisted of designing the user interface, hosting the co-design session, and project management. I worked with a great software developer who did the coding.
This thesis deals with the challenges and opportunities inherent in building a prototype capable of supporting ubiquitous social networking applications on mobile devices. The challenges in the design of mobile applications are investigated through a case study that develops a prototype, Fusion Mobile, which is an application for mobile social networking and media sharing. This research is carried out within the context of an ongoing research project, P2P-FUSION, which addresses current difficulties in regards to legal, creative reuse of audiovisual media on the Internet. The project develops a software system called Fusion, which allows anyone to publish audiovisual content only to the audience they want within a P2P network, as well as through a mobile application. In developing this prototype application (Fusion Mobile), and the user interface in particular, I investigate the design process to find general keys to success in social networking application development for mobile devices. I develop a design framework and use a co-design approach to guide the process. By analyzing the design process, I provide insight to mobile application developers regarding the pros and cons of: 1) using a pre-defined design framework to guide application development and 2) involving users and external mobile developers in the design process as co-design partners.