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Exploring Millions of Footprints in Location Sharing Services

Exploring Millions of Footprints in Location Sharing Services

This video was recorded at 5th International AAAI Conference on Weblogs and Social Media (ICWSM), Barcelona 2011. Location sharing services (LSS) like Foursquare, Gowalla, and Facebook Places support hundreds of millions of userdriven footprints (i.e., "checkins"). Those global-scale footprints provide a unique opportunity to study the social and temporal characteristics of how people use these services and to model patterns of human mobility, which are significant factors for the design of future mobile+location-based services, traffic forecasting, urban planning, as well as epidemiological models of disease spread. In this paper, we investigate 22 million checkins across 220,000 users and report a quantitative assessment of human mobility patterns by analyzing the spatial, temporal,... Show More

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