Assignment 1: Social Computing Hall of Fame and Shame
Due: 11:59pm on 10/11 (Thu)
5% toward your project grade
What do I do?
In this assignment, you will analyze
two example features of social computing
around you, one that you think has good support for social interaction and one
that you think has bad support. Examples can come from any applications or websites you have used or visited. Make sure to avoid
analyzing the entire service or app, but focus on particular parts of the interface that you
think have noteworthy social interaction support. For example, you should avoid analyzing Facebook as a whole but you may pick its emoji reactions for live video. Also, most features designed to support social interaction will have good and bad aspects
at the same time, so feel free to cover both sides in your analysis. But for each example, make
your final decision about whether it's a good (hall of fame) or bad (hall of shame) example overall.
Why do I do this?
We designed this assignment to give you an opportunity to (1) make observations on various social computing systems around you, and
(2) apply the concepts covered in class to analyze real-world examples.
For each example, please report the following:
- Hall of fame or shame?
- One-line description of what it is
- Where can it be found? (e.g., URL, name of the app) Provide additional information if needed (e.g., go to xxx menu in the app to access the feature)
- Analysis: How does it support (or hamper) social interaction? How do you use it? What benefit does it provide when lots of people use it?
- Reflection: In what ways might this feature be abused (e.g., trolling, harassment, giving misleading information)? What does it do to prevent abusing, if any? How might you redesign it to address these negative impacts?
- Screenshots and photos to effectively support your analysis
For each example, you have a hard limit of maximum 250 words. But you may use as many screenshots and photos as you want.
One-sentence captions are allowed for each visual material, and they are not counted toward the
Completeness (20%): Cover all the
required components listed above in your report.
Depth (20%): Include thoughtful analysis beyond surface level
Clarity (20%): The reader who sees the example for the first time should not
struggle to understand your points.
Visual Communication (20%): Use visual materials effectively to communicate
your idea. Add annotations and labels to refer to specific elements in an image. Include
zoom-in images if needed. Make sure your text and accompanying visuals complement each
Conciseness (20%): Adhere to the word limit, and avoid being verbose in the
Please make sure to read the
academic integrity and collaboration policy
of this course carefully.
How do I submit?