|Peer-to-Peer People Search
Seeking answers to questions is a natural part of our learning and
social interactions. Although search engines, web-based forums, and
inquiries to friends via e-mails or instant messengers are
all methods we use today, in many cases, much time is still
spent to search, organize, or wait for responses. If knowledgable
people can be found online to answer questions in real-time, then
the time spent to browse webpages, wait for forum responses, or
ask multiple people may be much reduced.
We propose Connet, a peer-to-peer
(P2P)-based people search system that helps people to have
questions answered in real-time by knowledgable contacts via
people's collective social networks. Users share successful
experiences of finding responders and achieve greater efficiency
when seeking answers to everyday questions. Connet relies on
similarity measures between historic and new questions asked, and
the trust among mutual friends, to provide more timely
question-answering mechanisms. Meanwhile, it also enables a new type of
online interactions with the friends of friends.
- Jyun-Jie Huang, Shao-Chen Chang and Shun-Yun Hu, "Searching for Answers via Social Networks," to appear in Proc. 5th Annual IEEE Consumer Communications & Networking Conference (CCNC), Jan. 2008.