Sanjay Kairam : 2012 Mobile and Social Workshop


Wednesday, April 4, 2012
Location: Fisher Conference Center, Arrillaga Alumni Center

"Talking in Circles: Selective Sharing in Google+"
4:00pm - 4:30pm


Online social networks have become indispensable tools for information sharing, but existing 'all-or-nothing' models for sharing have made it difficult for users to target information to specific parts of their networks. In this paper, we study Google+, which enables users to selectively share content with specific 'Circles' of people. Through a combination of log analysis with surveys and interviews, we investigate how active users organize and select audiences for shared content. We find that these users frequently engaged in selective sharing, creating circles to manage content across particular life facets, ties of varying strength, and interest-based groups. Motivations to share spanned personal and informational reasons, and users frequently weighed 'limiting' factors (e.g. privacy, relevance, and social norms) against the desire to reach a large audience. Our work identifies implications for the design of selective sharing mechanisms in social networks.


Sanjay Kairam is a second-year Ph.D. student advised by Jeffrey Heer in the Computer Science Department at Stanford University. His research focuses on modeling and visualizing human behavior in large social and information networks and communities.Prior to starting graduate school, Sanjay worked with Peter Pirolli and the Augmented Social Cognition group at the Palo Alto Research Center on several projects pertaining to social search and information-seeking. Sanjay received his B.S. in Mathematics and M.A. in Philosophy in 2006, also from Stanford, along with a minor in the interdisciplinary Symbolic Systems program.