The art of deleting snapshots

Maria K. Wolters (Lead / Corresponding author), Elaine Niven, Robert H. Logie

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In this paper, we investigate why people decide to delete snapshots. 74 participants took snapshots of a street festival every three minutes for an hour and were then asked to cull pictures immediately or after a delay of a day, a week, or a month. We found that the ratio of kept to deleted pictures was fairly constant. Deletion criteria fell into six main categories that mostly involved subjective assessments such as whether a photo was sufficiently characteristic. We conclude that automatic tagging of photos for deletion is problematic; interfaces should instead make it easy for users to find and compare similar photos.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCHI EA '14
Subtitle of host publicationCHI'14 Extended Abstracts on Human Factors in Computing Systems
Place of PublicationNew York
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9781450324748
Publication statusPublished - 2014
Event32nd Annual ACM CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems - Metro Toronto Convention Centre, Toronto, Canada
Duration: 26 Apr 20141 May 2014


Conference32nd Annual ACM CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems
Abbreviated titleCHI 2014
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