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- “Social navigation is a term coined by Dourish and Chalmers (1994) that refers to situations in which a user's navigation through an information space is guided and structured by the activities of others within that space.” (Nova and Ortelli, 2004).
Social navigation is a form of social computing or part of social computing applications.
Nova and Ortelli (2004) use the following metaphor to describe social navigation:
There are several kinds of social software implementing social navigation
- Some websites track users and let other user know
- Good examples for centralized site-centric social navigation can be found in modern Citation indexes, social shopping applications like Amazon.
- Trailfire is a firefox extension that let's users build trails that others can follow.
- Nova, Nicolas & Roberto Ortelli (2004). rss4you: Web-Based Syndication Enhanced with Social Navigation, 1st Workshop on Friend of a Friend, Social Networking and the Semantic Web 1-2 September 2004, Galway, Ireland HTML
- Dieberger, A. (1999). Social connotations of space in the design for virtual communities and social navigation. In A. Munro, K. Höök and D. Benyon (Eds.), Social Navigation of Information Space, pages 35-52. London: Springer.
- Dourish, P. and Chalmers, M. (1994). Running out of Space: Models of Information Navigation, Proceedings of the Conference Human Computer Interaction'94.