Published on June 29, 2007
BEV 2.0: Virtual Town Square Manuel A. Pérez-Quiñones, Andrea Kavanaugh, Philip Eisenhour Center for Human Computer Interaction,VT John Tedesco Communication Studies,VT Bill Saunders, Luke Ward Blacksburg Electronic Village Jose Lombay, Mariheida Cordova University of Puerto Rico, Mayagüez
BEV 2.0 Goal: Create a Virtual Town Square • Provide interaction opportunities • Support community development • Attract trafﬁc to the BEV site with automatic content • Make use of Web 2.0 and Social networking ideas
Requirements for VTS • Communication and interaction is at the heart of any social group (online or ofﬂine) • News & notices of local interest • Calendar of events, maps, friends • Groups and organizations
Communication • Friends, Messages, Blogs, Email • New plugins are possible
News • Collect news from different sources (Town, SWVA, County, Roanoke Times, Google News,Yahoo News) and aggregate them at the VTS
Calendars • Collect community, friends, and personal calendars into a single source of town events • Allow subscription of calendar in your desktop or your Google Calendar • Support mobile devices (phones, PDAs)
Research Questions • What practices emerge from the use of this system? How do people make it their own? • Will our current plan attract lots of users to the site? Will using BEV existing population be sufﬁcient to expand its use? • What is the relationship between usability and sociability?
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