Deadline extension

Submission deadline extended to January 28, 2011!
Revised author notification date is March 1, 2011.

The deadline has been extended due to CHI2011’s recent early registration extension.

A workshop at CHI 11!

A full day workshop at CHI2011 in Vancouver, BC, May 7, 2011

Video has slowly been gaining popularity as a social media. We are now witnessing a step where capture and live broadcasts is released from the constraints of the desktop computer, which further accentuate issues such as video literacy, collaboration, hybridity, utility and privacy, that needs to be addressed in order to make video useful for large user groups.

A new type of social medium services, which makes it possible to capture live video on and share it in real time to Internet, is becoming increasingly popular. Although the services are growing in numbers of users, it is still an immature application area. People struggle to find interesting topics to broadcast and to manage the camera in a way that presents them in an appealing form. As well, it is hard to find live broadcasts and they often receive minimal audiences. The numbers increase with integration into other social media platforms

In addition to live streaming systems, other mobile applications and services are now allowing users to capture their environment and share them with wider populations. Users have found social applications for such diverse media types as text (in microblogs like twitter, chats etc); photography (e.g. in flickr); audio (e.g. myspace); and video files (e.g. youtube), many of them with simple mobile interfaces for uploading just-captured content and sharing views of current experiences with wide audiences.

This ability to post content for later consumption and viral spreading is perhaps one of the most compelling ways to “broadcast” an experience. It is still an open question whether mobile live video will become as successful a form of social media as these.

Providing the opportunity to broadcast live video is not enough, and that there is now a need to design for amateurs’ appropriation of camera handling techniques as well as for novel video consumption practices.

Mobile broadcasting services enable a unique combination of mobility and live streaming in a consumer device. Growing number of users shows popularity of this new social service. However, both sender and receiver sides show immatureness visible in the type of the content that is shared and the number of viewers. Considering emerging trend in live video, it is important to identify challenges in this interesting research area and help overcome the barriers and resources needed for making mobile broadcasting a successful social media.