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Future Internet 2016, 8(2), 10;

FaceMashup: An End-User Development Tool for Social Network Data

Department of Mathematics and Computer Science, University of Cagliari, Via Ospedale 72, 09124 Cagliari, Italy
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This is an extended version of paper FaceMashup: Enabling End User Development on Social Networks Data published in the 5th International Symposium on End User Development, IS-EUD 2015, Madrid, Spain, 26–29 May 2015.
Academic Editor: Emilio Ferrara
Received: 20 January 2016 / Revised: 3 March 2016 / Accepted: 8 March 2016 / Published: 29 March 2016
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Human–Computer Interaction and the Social Web)
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Every day, each active social network user produces and shares texts, images and videos. While developers can access such data through application programming interfaces (APIs) for creating games, visualizations and routines, end users have less control on such information. Their access is mediated by the social application features, which limits them in combining sources, filtering results and performing actions on groups of elements. In order to fill this gap, we introduce FaceMashup, an end user development (EUD) environment supporting the manipulation of the Facebook graph. We describe the tool interface, documenting the choices we made during the design iterations. Data types are represented through widgets containing user interface (UI) elements similar to those used in the social network application. Widgets can be connected with each other with the drag and drop of their inner fields, and the application updates their content. Finally, we report the results of a user-test on the FaceMashup prototype, which shows a good acceptance of the environment by end-users. View Full-Text
Keywords: end user development; social network; direct manipulation; facebook; graph API; J0101 end user development; social network; direct manipulation; facebook; graph API; J0101

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Massa, D.; Spano, L.D. FaceMashup: An End-User Development Tool for Social Network Data. Future Internet 2016, 8, 10.

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