Revisiting Revisitation in Computer Interaction: Organic Bookmark Management

By Siu-Tsen Shen and Stephen Dominic Prior.

Published by The Design Collection

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According to Milic-Frayling et al. (2004), there are two general ways of user browsing i.e. search (finding a website where the user has never visited before) and revisitation (returning to a website where the user has visited in the past). The issue of search is relevant to search engine technology, whilst revisitation concerns web usage and browser history mechanisms. The support for revisitation is normally through a set of functional built-in icons e.g. History, Back, Forward and Bookmarks. Nevertheless, for returning web users, they normally find it is easier and faster to re-launch an online search again, rather than spending time to find a particular web site from their personal bookmark and history records. Tauscher and Greenberg (1997) showed that revisiting web pages forms up to 58% of the recurrence rate of web browsing. Cockburn and McKenzie (2001) also stated that 81% of web pages have been previously visited by the user. According to Obendorf et al. (2007), revisitation can be divided into four classifications based on time: short-term (72.6% revisits within an hour), medium-term (12% revisits within a day and 7.8% revisits within a week), and long-term (7.6% revisits longer than a week).

Keywords: Web Browser, Organic Revisitation, Re-Finding, Bookmark Management, User Interface Design

Design Principles and Practices: An International Journal, Volume 5, Issue 4, pp.327-344. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 3.842MB).

Dr. Siu-Tsen Shen

Associate Professor, Department of Multimedia Design, National Formosa University, Hu-Wei, Yun-Lin, Taiwan

Dr. Siu-Tsen Shen has studied widely, gaining her Masters degree in Industrial Design Research from the Design Academy of Eindhoven, and her PhD in Design from Goldsmiths College, University of London. She is currently an Assistant Professor in Multimedia Design at the National Formosa University, Taiwan. Her research interests lie in the areas of HCI, User-Centred Design, Cross-Cultural Research, User Interface Design, and Design Team Formation using Personality Type. She has taught on a number of different programmes including Introduction to Multimedia Design, Creative Thinking & Design Methods, Cognitive Psychology and Emerging Technology.

Dr. Stephen Dominic Prior

Academic, Department of Product Design and Engineering , School of Engineering and Information Sciences, Middlesex University, London, London, UK

Dr. Stephen D. Prior gained a BEng Mechanical Engineering degree in 1987 and PhD in Rehabilitation Robotics from Middlesex University, London in 1993. He is a Chartered Mechanical Engineer and Corporate Member of the IMechE. His research interests are in the areas of Mechatronics, Autonomous Unmanned Systems, Robotics and Design Education. He was project leader for the MoD Grand Challenge i-Spy team.


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