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Face it - Photos don't make a web site trustworthy

Riegelsberger, J; Sasse, MA; (2002) Face it - Photos don't make a web site trustworthy. In: Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems - Proceedings. (pp. 742 - 743).

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Abstract

Use of staff photographs is frequently advocated as a means of increasing customer confidence in an e-shop. However, these claims are not conceptually or empirically grounded. In this paper we describe a qualitative study, which elicited customer reactions towards an e-commerce site that displayed staff photographs and links to richer media. The results suggest that employing social and affective cues, particularly in the form of photos, can be a risky strategy. To be effective they should be combined with functionality and targeted specifically at the user types we identified.

Type:Proceedings paper
Title:Face it - Photos don't make a web site trustworthy
UCL classification:UCL > School of BEAMS > Faculty of Engineering Science > Computer Science

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