An elementary social information foraging model


Pirolli, P. L. An elementary social information foraging model. 27th Annual CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI 2009); 2009 April 4-9; Boston, MA.


User interfaces and information systems have become increasingly social in recent years, aimed at supporting the decentralized, cooperative production and use of content. A theory that predicts the impact of interface and interaction designs on such factors as participation rates and knowledge discovery is likely to be useful.

This paper reviews a variety of observed phenomena in social information foraging and sketches a framework extending Information Foraging Theory for making predictions about the effects of diversity, interference, and cost-of-effort on performance time, participation rates, and utility of discoveries.

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