Presence, Privacy, and PRIMIFaces: Towards Selective Information Disclosure in Instant Messaging
Efficient distant cooperation often requires spontaneous ad-hoc social interaction, which is only possible with adequate information on the prospective communication partner. This often requires disclosing and sharing personal information via tools such as instant messaging systems and can conflict with the users’ wishes for privacy. In this paper we present an initial study investigating this trade-off and discuss implications for the design of instant messaging systems. We present the functionality and design of the PRIMIFaces instant messaging prototype supporting flexible identity management and selective information disclosure.