Today Dr. Caine presented work demonstrating the importance of visualization on disclosure decisions at the 2011 ACM Conference on Computer-Human Interaction (CHI) in Vancouver.
Along with her co-authors, Dr. Lorraine Kisselburgh and Ms. Louise Laureau, Dr. Caine studied the effects of providing users, and potential users, of Online Social Networks (e.g., facebook) with visual and numeric feedback about the audience to whom they are disclosing. They found that augmenting an interface with a visualization or numeric display of the audience helps people disclose in a way that is more in line with their own preferences. In addition, Drs. Caine and Kisselburgh and Ms. Lareau suggested alternative designs that could make use of this new information to help social network users manage their privacy.
The full paper, Audience Visualization Influences Disclosures in Online Social Networks, is available here as a PDF and online in the ACM Digital Library.