Friday, March 28, 2008

Implicit Culture as a Tool for Social Navigation

"Implicit Culture is the relation between a set, and a group of agents such tahat the elements of the set behave according to the culture of the group". People tend to behave like other people,
but on the web, it's hard to know what the behavior of other people is -- there are no footprints,
traces, left on the sites by people whose footprints you recognize -- so it's hard to behave like other people do. Even when users access the same databases, their mechanisms of use are rarely as productive as experienced users. Perhaps something like shiftspace,, could help with the footprint aspect. This paper discusses one sample system that uses an agent based system to
find links that might be useful to a specific group.