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Title: Taking social networks to the next level
Authors: Dingli, Alexiei
Seychell, Dylan
Scerri, Mark
Cutajar, Brendan
Galea, Kristian
Agius, Saviour
Cachia, Mark Anthony
Saliba, Justin
Cassar, Jeffrey
Tanti, Erica
Cassar, Sarah
Cini, Shirley
Koleva, Mariya
Keywords: Online social networks
Self-adaptive software
Interactive multimedia
Systems integration
Web applications
Issue Date: 2012
Publisher: IGI Global
Citation: Dingli, A., Seychell, D., Scerri, M., Cutajar, B., Galea, K., Agius, S., ... Koleva, M. (2012). Taking social networks to the next level. International Journal of Distributed Systems and Technologies (IJDST), 3(4), 24-33.
Abstract: Since the boom of social networking lead to people using multiple account on many platforms in order to keep in touch with hundreds of contacts, managing one's contacts risks becoming a burden for many users. Following and finding information about friends and family has become an issue too. Guided by these observations and by careful research of existing adaptive web technologies, our team worked on the development of SNAP - an adaptive social network integrator which aimed to amalgamate various social networks (Facebook, Twitter and Flickr) in one adaptive environment, which unobtrusively sorts the users' feed according to his/her preference. To achieve data transfer and authorisation, SNAP uses the newest version of the OAuth protocol. Adaptivity was achieved through statistical filtering. The initial field tests show that the system works, however there is definitely room for improvement in terms of Social Network Integration, and testers generally expressed an interest in the idea of using an adaptive social integrator such as SNAP. On top of this, we will be suggesting a number of improvements which will change the way we use social networks forever.
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