Dynamic Neighborhoods - Browsing the World Wide Web Together
Michael Merz, Konrad Froitzheim, Heiner Wolf
We introduce CoBrow, an original scheme to turn the WWW into a social place
by visualizing the web’s user space to the individuals surfing the WWW.
Being aware of the other web surfers, people browsing the web can invoke
synchronous communication by a single mouse-click – surfing the web turns
from a lonely affair into a joint experience. We present the major theoretical
concepts of vicinities and give a short overview over CoBrow , a collaborative
browsing service that implements all the concepts presented in this paper.
We also try to assess the social impact of services like CoBrow which try
to bring people together.