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Bubble Stacks are an imaginative look into behavioral analysis. Using browsing habit data alone this concept improves the experience of memory access and recall by organizing concepts into logical packages of websites we call Stacks.

A window into your past experiences has the potential to open a world of thought and possibilities. Today, browser history provides no more imagination than a breadcrumb trail sequencing your online experiences. Usefulness extends little further than your memory can reach. Bubbles and Stacks open a window to your mind, providing the ability to extend your memory and organize your online experiences.

History

We have improved the current concept of browser based history. Rather than sequence sites based only on the time they were accessed, the History view will also take into account frequency of visits and context of the information viewed. All this information is packaged together and provided to the user in groups of websites we call Stacks.


Stacks are automatically generated by the system based on an individual’s normal behavior, but no system has the ability to know exactly what a user desires. Users have the ability to easily edit each Stack title as well as the add or remove sites associated with that group. This pattern is available where ever a user sees a Stack.


Users have two ways to add sites to a desired Stack. They can simply add a URL or search for sites they have visited based on concept or topic.


Stacks

The advancement and popularity of tab based browsing has evolved the way individuals navigate the Internet and seek out information. Websites are often opened in groups rather than just one at a time. Each group is related to a specific task or necessity. A user may open a series of websites once a month to pay their bills while another user searching for a car may open the same 3 automotive search engines once a day. Stacks make these experiences easier.

The Stacks view is essentially an organized extension of the History view. Stacks listed here are made available based on popularity or a user’s desire to have specific groups of sites available with a single click. Selecting the title button will open all sites in the given Stack in tabs.

Each visit to the Stacks view will suggest groups of sites based on recent popularity. Users also have the option to save suggested stacks to the view by pinning them to the screen or creating original stacks by searching for concepts.


Not every desired stack will be visible by default so users will have the ability to search for concepts and allow the system to suggest stacks for them. The results of a search will display in the stacks area.


Bubbles

While navigating the internet, over time users access an incredible amount of information. Keeping track of such a large amount of information can be overwhelming organized by time alone. Bubbles makes it possible to organize sites visited based on the concepts written on each page accessed by the user. Each group is a network of sites packaged together based on the concepts available in each of the sites. Bubble groups are listed based on recent popularity and just as in History and Stacks views, users can search deeper based on concept or topic. Titles are given to each group based on the most frequent, global topic associated with that network.


Selecting a Bubble group will expand the network full frame. Users can select a topic represented in the network to find which sites they have visited representing that idea. Users can open some or all these associated sites in tabs.

This network visualization is simply one of many possible representations of connections between ideas, concepts and topics.

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