Using Comics as a Visual Metaphor for Enriching SMS Messages With Contextual and Social Media

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Comics can serve as visual artifacts, representing numerous qualities in a phone text message, including its participants, genres, and community, all tied to the context of the text. This paper introduces a system called SMSComics that explores the usage of comics as a visual metaphor for SMS conversations sent by users on their mobile handsets for creating greater user engagement. The resulting imagery is delivered in the form of a comic strip stylization that improves context-awareness and relevance in a mobile social networking setting. Firstly, SMSComics takes images from a user's social communities such as Facebook to display the picture of the sender and receiver. The service then includes the detected location with geo-tagged images from Flickr.

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