MyExperience: a system for in situ tracing and capturing of user feedback on mobile phones

TitleMyExperience: a system for in situ tracing and capturing of user feedback on mobile phones
Publication TypeConference Papers
Year of Publication2007
AuthorsFroehlich J, Chen MY, Consolvo S, Harrison B, Landay JA
Conference NameProceedings of the 5th international conference on Mobile systems, applications and services
Date Published2007///
Conference LocationNew York, NY, USA
ISBN Number978-1-59593-614-1
Keywordscontext-aware systems, experience sampling method (ESM), field studies, in situ evaluation, Mobile computing, SmartPhones, toolkit, usage logging, user surveys, user-centered design

This paper presents MyExperience, a system for capturing both objective and subjective in situ data on mobile computing activities. MyExperience combines the following two techniques: 1) passive logging of device usage, user context, and environmental sensor readings, and 2) active context-triggered user experience sampling to collect in situ, subjective user feedback. MyExperience currently runs on mobile phones and supports logging of more than 140 event types, including: 1) device usage such as communication, application usage, and media capture, 2) user context such as calendar appointments, and 3) environmental sensing such as Bluetooth and GPS. In addition, user experience sampling can be targeted to moments of interest by triggering off sensor readings. We present several case studies of field deployments on people's personal phones to demonstrate how MyExperience can be used effectively to understand how people use and experience mobile technology.