An Method for Subsequent Location of Previously Visited URLs; aka 'Index-As-You-Go'
Original Publication Date: 2004-Oct-04
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2004-Oct-04
Web search engines utilize crawlers to walk countless Web pages, creating an index or indices that is used when users want to locate information on the Web. This same technology can be applied in a different way to a more mundane, but equally important task: allowing users to locate URLs they've saved to their Favorites. The approach can be called, "Index-As-You-Go".
An Method for Subsequent Location of Previously Visited URLs; aka 'Index -As-You-Go'
When users want to revisit Web sites or portal pages, they typically create a bookmark. Bookmarks, or favorites, can be arranged under categories organized in a folder-like hierarchy. However, most users quickly find that finding anything in the hierarchy of favorites can be as difficult as re-locating the original target of the bookmark. What users need is a way to re-locate the target URLs without having to browse through a very large and poorly organized hierarchy of favorites. This disclosure describes a method for more easily finding previously visited URLs by making it easier to locate bookmarks to those URLs.
With this disclosure, each time a person visits a Web page, the page is crawled and the indexing data is added to a personal index maintained for the user. The indexing would typically be automatic, but it could also be configured to index only those pages indicated by the user. This index would typically be on the user's machine and managed by the browser. Additionally, it could also be stored and managed on a server. When the user wants to revisit a page, they type one or more words in the address field of the browser (for instance), and a list of all associated URLs the user has visited is displayed.
The user doesn't have to search through multiple levels of hierarchy or wonder if they've stored the bookmark in the expected location. All applicable results are gath...