Online Personals:
"Scientists, designers seek same for good conversation"

CHI 2004 Workshop: Call for Participation
Vienna, Austria
Monday 26 April 2004

   Andrew T. Fiore
   Jeana H. Frost
   Judith S. Donath

About the workshop

Online personal advertisements have shed their stereotype as matchmakers for the awkward to claim a prominent role in the social lives of millions of users. This one-day workshop will bring together social scientists and designers to discuss:

  1. How people are behaving in online personals systems and how best to study this behavior.
  2. How different personals systems handle self-expression, searching, matching, and communicating.
  3. How the design of personals systems interacts with individual and cultural constructs of relationships and attraction.
  4. New methods, metaphors, design paradigms, and gadgets for finding and communicating with dating partners.

How to apply

To apply for the workshop, simply submit a 2- to 4-page position paper. We will consider a variety of work related to online personals, as appropriate to your discipline, as long as it reflects your experience with or consideration of the topics above. Some suggestions:

We will select participants from diverse backgrounds based on the relevance and originality of their position papers.

Please email your paper to by 20 January 2004. We will notify you of acceptance by 23 February 2004.

Limited to 15 participants.

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