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.
|Title of host publication
|Proceedings ITCC 2005 - International Conference on Information Technology
|Subtitle of host publication
|Coding and Computing
|Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
|Number of pages
|Published - 2005
|ITCC 2005 - International Conference on Information Technology: Coding and Computing - Las Vegas, NV, United States
Duration: Apr 4 2005 → Apr 6 2005
|International Conference on Information Technology: Coding and Computing, ITCC
|ITCC 2005 - International Conference on Information Technology: Coding and Computing
|Las Vegas, NV
|4/4/05 → 4/6/05
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- General Engineering