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Be smart with context

August 3, 2008

Just read a post from Helen Keegan (who joined the MoMo London team..yeahh) about the relevant simple approach of the current wave of Location Based Services. I totally agree with her that we are still not very creative nor intelligent with the context information we currently have to our disposal. As I commented on her blog I believe that having the complete context in place is necessary to offer relevant contextual services. The first step after having the context information in place is being great in pattern recognition.  Spotting the Nodal Points(as Jyri calls them).

Well what is the complete context? Here is my list:

  • Taskrelated context: What are you doing?
  • Social context: With whom are you?
  • Spatio-Temporal context: Where are you? What time is it?
  • Physiological context: Heartrate, movement, temparature(see post about the pill below)
  • Environmental context: In what environment are you?
  • Mental context: How are you feeling?

These context domains are all about the NOW! So not ” what are you plans tomorrow?” or “what is your favourite music?”.  These are all legitimate profiling questions and offer great insight about a person BUT I question if in a mobile services context(hehe) they are relevant..

Some questions I am still puzzling with is what to do with informaton about your history or the complete context of the people which are important to you. Would you need to have this information to become more relavent to people in specific situations?

Curious about your thoughts..

P.S. Image is from Helen’s blog.. Just had to post it. LOVE IT!! 😉