User involvement, social media, and changing patterns of energy use.

Mikael Johnson


Doctor of Science (Technology), Helsinki Institute of Information Technology (HIIT), Aalto University, Finland
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Social Media: Case Habbo


I have had the privilege of following Habbo, a social virtual world for teenagers, and its operator Sulake since 2003. Despite advances in user-centred and participatory design as well as user innovation research, there are fundamental disagreements regarding the role of the users in technical development. I ask

  • How do users’ actions in and around social media effect its design?
  • How do user involvement practices evolve over time and in changing contexts?

Selected Habbo Publications


Johnson M, Hyysalo S, Tamminen S 2010. The Virtuality of Virtual Worlds, or What We Can Learn from Playacting Horse Girls and Marginalized Developers, 603-633. Symbolic Interaction 33 (4). PDF

Johnson M 2010. User Involvement, Social Media, and Service Evolution: The Case of Habbo. 43rd Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences. Kauai, Hawaii, 5–8 January 2010. (Nominated for Best Paper Award). PDF

Johnson M, Sihvonen T 2009. On the Dark Side: Gothic Play and Performance in a Virtual World, Journal of Virtual Worlds Research, 1 (3). PDF

Lehdonvirta, V, Wilska T-A, Johnson M 2009. Virtual Consumerism: Case Habbo Hotel. Information, Communication & Society, 12 (7). PDF

Johnson M 2007. Unscrambling the "Average User" of Habbo Hotel, Human Technology, 3 (2), 127–153. PDF

Johnson M, Toiskallio K 2007. Who are the Users of Habbo Hotel - and What are they Doing There?, Consumer 2007, Helsinki, Finland, October 2007. PDF

Johnson M, Toiskallio K 2005. Fansites as Sources for User Research: Case Habbo Hotel, IRIS'28, Kristiansand, Norway, August 2005. PDF

Salovaara, A, Johnson M, Toiskallio K, Tiitta S, Turpeinen M 2005. Creative Playmakers and Their Motivations in Four Multiplayer Game Communities, ACE'05, June 2005, Valencia, Spain. PDF

Suomeksi


Johnson M 2011. Sosiaalinen media lasten ja nuorten arjessa: Tapaus Habbo Hotel. Teoksessa Aaltonen-Ogbeide, Saastamoinen, Rainio, Vartiainen (toim.) Silmät auki sosiaaliseen mediaan, Eduskunnan tulevaisuus- valiokunnan julkaisu 3/2011. PDF

Johnson M 2009. Habbo lasten ja nuorten arjessa, 177-204. Teoksessa Kulutuksen liikkeet, Kuluttajatutkimuskeskuksen vuosikirja. PDF

User Involvement and Energy Use


During 2008-2010 I was actively involved in the EU research project Changing Behaviour. We applied social research on technological change, with focus on the interaction between energy experts and energy users.

We created a web toolkit to support project managers and their energy change projects for households and small organisations. Check it out at http://mechanisms.energychange.info

Selected Publications


Heiskanen E, Johnson M, Robinson S, Vadovics E, Saastamoinen M 2009. Low-Carbon Communities as a Context for Individual Behavioural Change, Energy Policy, 37. PDF

Heiskanen E, Feenstra CFJ, Johnson M, Vadovics E. 2010. Learning about Users and Developing Co-Design Capabilities for Energy Saving on the Local Level. Knowledge Collaboration & Learning for Sustainable Innovation ERSCP-EMSU conference, Delft, The Netherlands, October 25-29, 2010. PDF

Heiskanen E, Feenstra CFJ., Johnson M 2010. Changing Behaviour: A European Action Research Project. Knowledge Collaboration & Learning for Sustainable Innovation ERSCP-EMSU conference, Delft, The Netherlands, October 25-29, 2010. PDF

Heiskanen E, Johnson M, Saastamoinen M, Vadovics E 2009. How Does Consumer Behaviour Change? Examples from Energy Conservation. Future of the Consumer Society. Tampere, Finland, 28-29 May 2009. PDF

Heiskanen E, Johnson M, Saastamoinen M, Vadovics E 2009. Creating Lasting Change in Energy Use Patterns through Improved User Interaction. Joint actions on Climate Change. Aalborg, Denmark, 8-10 June 2009. PDF

Suomeksi


Heiskanen, E, Johnson J, Saastamoinen M, Robinson S, Vadovics E 2009. Yhteistoiminta kestävässä kulutuksessa: esimerkkinä hiilipäästöjen vähentäminen, Janus, 17 (3): 200-218. PDF

Miscellaneous: Privacy, Community, Knowledge and Requirements Management, Interaction Design


Tamminen S, Johnson M, Lehmuskallio A 2011.
Yksityisyyden haasteet sosiaalisessa mediassa. Teoksessa Aaltonen-Ogbeide T, Saastamoinen P, Rainio H, Vartiainen T (toim.) Silmät auki sosiaaliseen mediaan. Eduskunnan tulevaisuusvaliokunnan julkaisu 3/2011. PDF

Bylund M, Johnson M, Lehmuskallio A, Seipel P, Tamminen S 2010.
PRIMA — Privacy research through the perspective of a multidisciplinary mash up, 139-160. In Vem reglerar informationssamhället? Nordisk årsbok i rättsinformatik 2006-2008 (Who regulates the information society? The Nordic Yearbook of Law and Informatics 2006-2008). http://soda.swedish-ict.se/4046/ PDF

Lehmuskallio, A, Tamminen S, Johnson M 2009. Managing Privacy on Social Network Sites, Medienamateure, Wie verändern Laien unsere visuelle Kultur?, Universität Siegen 5-7 June 2008. PDF

Johnson M, Toiskallio K 2007.
Community Modeling and Community-Centric Design. Mobile Content Communities: Final Report, HIIT Publications 2007-1, 30-42. PDF

Hyysalo S, Heiskanen E, Johnson M 2007. Design-use relationships in Sociotechnical Change. Guest Editors’ Introduction, Special Issue, Human Technology 3 (2), 120-126. PDF

Toiskallio K, Johnson M 2004. Mobile community - vague community: combining lived privacy and anonymous publicity within the community. 5th Wireless World Conference, July, 2004, Surrey, UK.

Pöyry P, Johnson M, Meriluoto J 2004. Managing Knowledge in Networked Product Creation Organisations. eChallenges'04, October 2004, Vienna, Austria. PDF

Nieminen M, Johnson M, Parkkinen J, Koskinen T, 2003.
Evaluation of UISB - The User Interface Specification Browser. IEA'03, August 2003, Seoul, Korea.

Nieminen M, Koskinen T, Johnson M 2003.
UISB - The User Interface Specification Browser. HCII'03, June 2003, Crete, Greece.

Nieminen M, Johnson M 2002.
State of the Art Survey - Managing Engineering Knowledge. Edited anthology report, WISE -project, February 2002. PDF

Pöyry P, Johnson M, Meriluoto J 2002. WISE Knowledge Management Terminology. Online publication at
http://www.soberit.hut.fi/wise/

Johnson M 2001. Towards Human-Centred Requirements Management in Distributed Design. HCII'01, New Orleans, Volume 2, pp. 642-646. PDF

Johnson M 2001.
Will Bluetooth change the Windows GUI?. IWNA '01, February 2001, Singapore, pp. 20-25. PDF
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