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.