E-Mail Prioritization using Online Social Network Profile Distance

Document type: Journal Articles
Article type: Original article
Peer reviewed: Yes
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Author(s): Shaliz Rezaee, Niklas Lavesson, Henric Johnson
Title: E-Mail Prioritization using Online Social Network Profile Distance
Journal: Computer Science & Applications
Year: 2012
Volume: 9
Issue: 1
Pagination: 70-87
ISSN: 0972-9038
Publisher: TMRF
Organization: Blekinge Institute of Technology
Department: School of Computing (Sektionen för datavetenskap och kommunikation)
School of Computing S-371 79 Karlskrona
+46 455 38 50 00
Authors e-mail: niklas.lavesson@bth.se, henric.johnson@bth.se
Language: English
Abstract: Online Social Networks (OSNs) provide new ways for people to communicate with one another and to share content. OSNs have become quite popular among the general population. Their rapid growth has raised concerns about privacy and security on the one hand but increased efficiency in solving everyday online tasks on the other hand. Many predict that the OSNs of today provide a glimpse of the future Internet infrastructure. Whether or not that will be true is difficult to say but what is certain is that privacy, integrity, and security issues related to the world wide web will be as important then as now. This article presents a method for improving efficiency and security of E-mail applications by focusing on one of the core concepts of OSNs; the user profile, which both includes private and public information that the user shares to different parties and the social interaction between users.We present a generic method for comparing user profiles, by measuring the distance between user profile or user vectors and an algorithm that uses this method for prioritizing the E-mail inbox. We report on an experimental case in which the proposed method is used in conjunction with social information from Facebook to demonstrate the applicability as well as to motivate its theoretical foundation.
Subject: Computer Science\Artificial Intelligence
Computer Science\Electronic security
Computer Science\Networks and Communications
Keywords: privacy, prioritization, E-mail, online social networks, Facebook
Note: Open Access Journal