Exploring the social implications of location based social networking: An inquiry into the perceived positive and negative impacts of using LBSN between friends

Sarah Jean Fusco, Katina Michael, M. G. Michael, Roba Abbas

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17 Scopus citations

Abstract

Location based social networking (LBSN) applications are part of a new suite of emerging social networking tools that run on the Web 2.0 platform. LBSN is the convergence between location based services (LBS) and online social networking (OSN). LBSN applications offer users the ability to look up the location of another "friend" remotely using a smart phone, desktop or other device, anytime and anywhere. Users invite their friends to participate in LBSN and there is a process of consent that follows. Friends have the ability to alter their privacy settings to allow their location to be monitored by another at differing levels of accuracy (e.g. suburb, pinpoint at the street address level, or manual location entry). This paper explores the impact of LBSN upon society, especially upon trust between friends. The study used focus groups to collect data, and a qualitative approach towards analysis. The paper concludes that while there are a great many positive uses of LBSN, there are some significant problems with current applications, and that better design is required to ensure that these technologies are not exploited against a user to commit harm.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationICMB and GMR 2010 - 2010 9th International Conference on Mobile Business/2010 9th Global Mobility Roundtable
Pages230-237
Number of pages8
DOIs
StatePublished - 2010
Externally publishedYes
Event2010 9th International Conference on Mobile Business/2010 9th Global Mobility Roundtable, ICMB and GMR 2010 - Athens, Greece
Duration: Jun 13 2010Jun 15 2010

Publication series

NameICMB and GMR 2010 - 2010 9th International Conference on Mobile Business/2010 9th Global Mobility Roundtable

Conference

Conference2010 9th International Conference on Mobile Business/2010 9th Global Mobility Roundtable, ICMB and GMR 2010
CountryGreece
CityAthens
Period6/13/106/15/10

Keywords

  • Friendship
  • Implications
  • Location based services
  • Location based social networking
  • Online social networking
  • Trust

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Business, Management and Accounting (miscellaneous)
  • Management Information Systems
  • Management of Technology and Innovation

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    Fusco, S. J., Michael, K., Michael, M. G., & Abbas, R. (2010). Exploring the social implications of location based social networking: An inquiry into the perceived positive and negative impacts of using LBSN between friends. In ICMB and GMR 2010 - 2010 9th International Conference on Mobile Business/2010 9th Global Mobility Roundtable (pp. 230-237). [5494796] (ICMB and GMR 2010 - 2010 9th International Conference on Mobile Business/2010 9th Global Mobility Roundtable). https://doi.org/10.1109/ICMB-GMR.2010.35