Multitasking Web search on Vivisimo.com

Amanda Spink, Sherry Koshman, Minsoo Park, Chris Field, Bernard J. Jansen

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Abstract

A user's single session with a Web search engine may consist of seeking information on either single or multiple topics. Most Web search sessions consist of two queries of two words. We present findings from a study of sessions on the Vivisimo Web search engine to examine the degree of multitasking search by typical web searchers. Findings show that 11.1% of search sessions were multitasking searches, and there are a broad variety of search topics in multitasking search sessions. The paper proposes that on various levels, Web search can be conceptualized at different levels as a multitasking activity. The implications of our findings for Web design and further research are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings ITCC 2005 - International Conference on Information Technology
Subtitle of host publicationCoding and Computing
EditorsH. Selvaraj, P.K. Srimani
Pages486-490
Number of pages5
Publication statusPublished - 21 Sep 2005
EventITCC 2005 - International Conference on Information Technology: Coding and Computing - Las Vegas, NV, United States
Duration: 4 Apr 20056 Apr 2005

Publication series

NameInternational Conference on Information Technology: Coding and Computing, ITCC
Volume2

Conference

ConferenceITCC 2005 - International Conference on Information Technology: Coding and Computing
CountryUnited States
CityLas Vegas, NV
Period4/4/056/4/05

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Spink, A., Koshman, S., Park, M., Field, C., & Jansen, B. J. (2005). Multitasking Web search on Vivisimo.com. In H. Selvaraj, & P. K. Srimani (Eds.), Proceedings ITCC 2005 - International Conference on Information Technology: Coding and Computing (pp. 486-490). (International Conference on Information Technology: Coding and Computing, ITCC; Vol. 2).