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  Technical Report: Conversation Thumbnails for Large-Scale Discussions

Conversation Thumbnails for Large-Scale Discussions

Technical Report #:03-02
Author(s): Martin M. Wattenberg, David R. Millen
Category(s):Social navigation and visualization, user interface, persistent conversations, collaboration
Full Citation:CHI 2003, April 5-10, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, USA (Copyright 2003, IBM. All rights reserved.)

Abstract

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We present a new interface for large-scale online conversations. Our technique, the Conversation Thumbnail, differs from existing discussion interfaces in two respects. First, it employs a focus+context visualization technique that exploits message-level metadata to provide an easily navigable overview of a discussion. Second, it helps reduce conversational redundancy and improve coherence via a fast automatic search mechanism that highlights related messages during message composition. The Conversation Thumbnail Viewer is currently implemented as a Java applet that can be applied to a variety of discussion data sources.

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