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Effective browsing and serendipitous discovery with an experience-infused browser

By Sudheendra Hangal, Abhinay Nagpal and Monica S. Lam

Abstract

In the digital age, users can have perfect recall of their digital experiences. In this paper, we explore how this recall can be leveraged during web browsing. We have built a system called the Experience-Infused Browser that indexes a user’s digital history from email and chat archives. As the user browses the web, it observes the contents of pages viewed, and highlights named entities on the page that the user has encountered in the past. This browser has two benefits. First, it highlights terms on the page that occur frequently in the user’s archive, effectively personalizing the page for the user. Second, the system can remind the user of names that she has encountered in the past but may not remember. We evaluated how users reacted to the browser during organic web browsing. Our users have reported that it was useful on crowded web pages to surface content that they otherwise may have missed, and in recalling serendipitous connections to people that they had forgotten. Most of our users said they would use the browser beyond the experimental study, indicating that they derived clear benefit from it

Topics: Personal Digital Archives, Email, Annotation, Personalization Miscella
Year: 2012
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