Friday, February 18, 2011

Short Interim Update

The Web History Repository has been growing steadily in the past few months. Now that we passed the new threshold of 350 contributors, we will clean the data and publish the next update of the dataset soon.

Using the Repository, we further explored recurrent behavior on the Web. Among other things, we found that most revisits are related to irregularly returning tasks - such as online shopping, travel planning and background research. These are things that we do only every once in a while, because we want to or because we need to. And if you add all the time spent on these irregularly returning tasks, this outnumbers by far the time you killed while visiting your favorite news sites, online communities or other portals. Somehow, that's a very reassuring thought.

Stay tuned for the next update and keep the repository growing. Thanks!

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