Smarter Bookmarks

Posted on Jan 22, 2004

“Smarter Bookmarks. How do you find your favorite websites? Some people, reports Lisa Guernsey in The New York Times, “try to keep track of websites by sending themselves an e-mail message with the link and a note of why it might be useful. Others,” she writes,” print pages or use sticky notes.

Increasingly fewer people, however, bother to bookmark pages anymore. That’s according to William Jones and Harry Bruce, a pair of associate professors at the University of Washington, who dismiss bookmarks as “‘information closets’ that hold a jumble of sites people never return to.” That’s a problem that William and Harry hope to solve, and they’ve got a three-year, $378,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to do so. Their project, called “Keeping Found Things Found,” involves research into “how people returned to sites they had visited before.”

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