The World-Wide Web is an essential element of everyday life. Most of us think of the Web as a source of new information or buying things, but a third of our activity involves revisiting webpages that we’ve looked at before (thousands of them every year!). Sometimes it’s easy to revisit a page because we can remember its address or how we Googled it, but on other occasions we might search for ages and still fail to find what we’re looking for. This is particularly true for pages that we visit infrequently – pages that we didn’t anticipate wanting again.
Developed as a Firefox add-on, MyWebSteps makes it easy to revisit these elusive pages, by letting you filter, search and browse a rich visual history of your own Web activity. What was that article about James Bond? Just type in ‘bond’ and find it, together with others you’d forgotten about:
Where was that headline article I read yesterday – it’s no longer linked to from the BBC’s home page. Select yesterday’s date and the BBC domain, and hey presto, there it is!
MyWebSteps is part of Trien Do’s PhD research under the supervision of Dr Roy Ruddle in the School of Computing, University of Leeds. The research was funded by one of Leeds’ Fully-Funded International Research Scholarships (FIRS).