During my summer internship at PARC, I explored novel user interfaces for file and service sharing. I conducted a study of expert computer users to determine what files and services they typically shared, how they shared them, and with whom they frequently shared. Based on their responses and a survey of existing sharing interfaces, I developed a new user interface called a sharing palette. Using the Speakeasy infrastructure as a means for sharing files and services across the network, the sharing palette constituted a single point of interaction for sharing, allowed sharing with individuals or user-specified groups, provided persistent visibility of shared items, and created a hybrid style of sharing that lies between the "push"-oriented metaphor of email and the "publish" or "pull" style of sharing associated with posting content to the Web.
- Voida, S., Edwards, W.K., Grinter, R.E., & Ducheneaut, N. (2006). Share and share alike: Exploring the user interface affordances of file sharing. In Proceedings of the SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI 2006, pp. 221–230), Montréal, Québec, April 22–27. ACM Press.