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A method to allow a Web search request or multiple Web search requests to be prioritised & executed based on a number of user defined criteria.

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000246115D
Publication Date: 2016-May-09
Document File: 2 page(s) / 60K

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Abstract

A solution is disclosed which allows a user to set-up predefined criteria for a task to commence and also what user defined search criteria they wish to use, in an Internet search, and to have these results emailed back to them or a notification sent to a mobile app' with the results enclosed (with the option to have the results in text content and not just URL links to other websites.)

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A method to allow a Web search request or multiple Web search requests to be prioritised & executed based on a number of user defined criteria.

Search engines like Google allow users to perform searches from various devices, desktop browsers, mobile phones, etc. There are times when performing the search right away is not desirable or possible e.g.

    I'm using my mobile outside and I currently don't have a network connection I'm waiting on a significant event to happen e.g. a concert to be announced or a media event
A solution is provided for when a user wants to defer searching until some additional criteria are met e.g. network being available and allows the user to get notified in real-time when their search results are available.

    The core idea is that when a user decides they want to perform a search they can specify additional criteria related to external factors (e.g. performing a search at 10AM EST so that it is possible to get results from US colleagues during the first hour of their working day - this is important because the search results may be significant based on the time the search was performed.)

    Here are some scenarios where this is believed to be useful: Scenario #1:

    A user may wish to run multiple Web searches over a set time period to allow them to collate or filter the results based on a rich set of user defined criteria and be notified at completion of the task via an Email containing the results. (multiple searches, collating of results, and using a timing factor).

Scenario #2:

    A user wants to get Web search results when some event happens - network connectivity, sale starting, a media event, etc..

Scenario #3:

    A mobile phone or Tablet user is currently offline or in a very expensive tariff location and wants to schedule a Web search or multiple searches when certain conditions are met (network availability is optimal, tariff is more beneficial, certain time/date factors are met.)

    The solution disclosed could be implemented as an additional feature in an existing collaborative application e.g. search application could be extended to support th...