Camera Phones and Image Acts

I've been interested in Camera phones for a long time. Most recently for shooting video collectively, and before that for reading barcodes and other indicia in Active Print. Originally, however, I and colleagues Abi Sellen, Mirjana Spasojevic and Rowanne Fleck carried out a thorough study of what people did with their camera phones and why.



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Of related interest is this HP Labs report, which documents the fall-off of interest in moblogging at a particular site. While there are sites that cater to mobloggers with specific public interests such as food, other moblogs may be missing the point of the "image acts" for which users actually use their camera phones. Those consist mainly of social interactions, often based on common ground shared with a highly selected audience, and capturing and carrying for personal affect (see our report).