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Visualizing Session History Across Logical Domains

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000243860D
Publication Date: 2015-Oct-22
Document File: 4 page(s) / 106K

Publishing Venue

The IP.com Prior Art Database

Abstract

Described is a new way to visualize session history in a browser or browser-like application. The visualization includes a tree-based view of history and a color-coding by logical topic (domain) of pages visited, using color to show the transitions from one domain to another in the browsing history.

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Visualizing Session History Across Logical Domains

When searching for information on the Internet or generally browsing, one can end up with many browser tabs open over time and often search results are overlaid when a link is clicked on a page taking you to a new page. Later, when one desires to review previously viewed information and tries to return to a previously viewed page, the link to that information is lost. What is needed is a way to visualize the browser history by not just page titles/time spent/site/keywords but to view the topical path the browsing took, so that one can find pages by specific clues including time visited, length of visit, and position within a topical view of session history.

    The core invention is a way to visualize browsing sessions by domain, whereby domain we mean a logical grouping/topic of pages. The invention will show browsing history over time, using vertices to indicate click paths from a given page (direct click, open in new tab) and nodes to indicate pages/sites visited. The node sizes will indicate time spent on the page. The extra special sauce is the use of colored groupings of pages to indicate the domain (topic) for a group of pages. This quickly shows a topical flow of a browsing session and enables at-a-glance understanding of a) how one topic flowed into another, and b) how much time was spent in each domain.

Potential use cases:
1) Examine personal history, especially to answer questions like "why did I go on that tangent" or "what was the page that made me go to this new domain"?

2) Parental control: are my kids using the internet for homework, or are they getting distracted by side-tangents
3) Self-improvement. Stop lying to yourself about how much time you spend/waste on various sites

Advantages over existing solutions:

Tree-based visualization of history

Not just searching by topic but viewing topic groupings at a glance and transitions to new topics

Implementation details:...