Bento Browser

Complex Mobile Search Without Tabs

Nathan Hahn, Joseph Chee Chang, Aniket Kittur. CHI 2018 (r=26% N=2595)

Complex searches can be overwhelming leading to lots of tabs. This also makes conducting searches on mobile devices especially difficult where screen real-estate is limited and tasks can often be inturrupted. Rather than using tabs to manage information, we introduce browsing through scaffolding. Search result lists serve as mutable workspaces where progress can be suspended and resumed. You can download BentoBrowser from the AppStore.

Abstract

People engaged in complex searches such as planning a vacation or understanding their medical symptoms are often overwhelmed by opening and managing many tabs. These challenges are exacerbated as search moves to smartphones and mobile devices where screen real-estate is limited and tasks are frequently suspended, resumed, and interleaved. Rather than continue to utilize tab-based browsing for complex search, we introduce a new way of browsing through a scaffolded interface. The list of search results serves as a mutable workspace, where a user can track progress on a specific information query. The search query serves as a gateway into this workspace, accessed through a task-subtask hierarchy. We instantiate this in the Bento mobile search system and investigate its effectiveness in three studies. We find converging evidence that users were able to make progress on their complex searching tasks with this structure, and find it more organized and easier to revisit.

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Nathan Hahn, Joseph Chee Chang, Aniket Kittur. 2018.
Bento Browser: Complex Mobile Search Without Tabs.
In Proceedings of the 2018 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI '18).
ACM, Montreal, QC, Canada.

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@inproceedings{Hahn:2018:Bento,
 author = {Hahn, Nathan and Chang, Joseph Chee and Kittur, Aniket},
 title = {Bento Browser: Complex Mobile Search Without Tabs.},
 booktitle = {Proceedings of the 2018 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems},
 series = {CHI '18},
 year = {2018},
 publisher = {ACM},
 address = {Montreal, QC, Canada},
} 

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