A Proposal of an SNS to Support Individual Practices in a Voluntary Community

  • Kohei OtakeEmail author
  • Masashi Komuro
  • Yoshihisa Shinozawa
  • Tomofumi Uetake
  • Akito Sakurai
Conference paper
Part of the Communications in Computer and Information Science book series (CCIS, volume 529)


Widespread popularization of social networking services (SNSs) prompted, for example, a voluntary community such as an orchestra club of a university to use an SNS to support their activities. However, it is not all-purpose and lacks functions to improve members’ individual skills. Appropriate practice is a great help but we hardly find functions to motivate practices by, for instance, mutual evaluation, members’ advice, and creating competing environment. In this paper, we focus on members’ individual practices in an orchestra club and propose a SNS to foster and maintain their motivations to practice based on the analysis result of current conditions. As the first step of the system development, this paper introduces design of a prototype system and the results of a preliminary evaluation.


Social networking service Gamification Voluntary community 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Kohei Otake
    • 1
    Email author
  • Masashi Komuro
    • 2
  • Yoshihisa Shinozawa
    • 1
  • Tomofumi Uetake
    • 3
  • Akito Sakurai
    • 1
  1. 1.School of Science for Open and Environmental SystemsKeio UniversityYokohama-shiJapan
  2. 2.Komuro Consulting GroupTokyoJapan
  3. 3.School of Business AdministrationSenshu UniversityKawasaki-shiJapan

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