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Search engine task bar with link appraisal system and method

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000022339D
Original Publication Date: 2004-Mar-09
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2004-Mar-09
Document File: 2 page(s) / 123K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Abstract

This article describes an invention which allows users to receive information about a site from a search engine when the mouse pointer is placed over a link to the site. This helps the user to determine which link to navigate to first. Information returned includes, page rank, information to determine a page's compatibility with current browser setup, size of site, age of site, etc.

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Search engine task bar with link appraisal system and method

Today, the Google offers a plug-in that implements the Google tool bar. One of the most popular features of this tool bar is that it displays the page rank of the current page. (Users have come to realize that search engines, and especially Google, are able to do a pretty good job of determining which are quality sites, and value Google's 'opinion' of a given site.) To obtain the page rank, when a page is displayed, the task bar sends the URL being displayed to Google and the ranking is returned.

     Main problem with this is that the user must visit the page to see the rank. Most users would find this information to be more useful if they could obtain it before the page is visited so they could use this information to help them determine which link to take.

     This invention adds a link rank field to the tool bar so that when the user places their mouse pointer over a link, the page rank of the URL linked to is displayed.

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     Rather than asking the search engine for the page rank of the URL each time the mouse point hovers over it, this information can be sent when the parent page is first visited. Google or any search engine is aware of what URLs are linked to from a given page and can supply them and their ranking information when the page is first requested. This allows updating the link rank field to be fast, and not require addition comm...