Studies of search habits reveal that people engage in many search tasks involving collaboration with others, such as travel planning, organizing social events, or working on a homework assignment. However, current Web search tools are designed for a single user, working alone. We introduce SearchTogether, a prototype that enables groups of remote users to synchronously or asynchronously collaborate when searching the Web. We describe an example usage scenario, and discuss the ways SearchTogether facilitates collaboration by supporting awareness, division of labor, and persistence. We then discuss the findings of our evaluation of SearchTogether, analyzing which aspects of its design enabled successful collaboration among study participants.
Our UIST 2007 paper: [ pdf ]
Our UIST 2007 video: [ .wmv (25MB) ]
Morris, M.R. and Horvitz, E. SearchTogether: An Interface for Collaborative Web Search. Proceedings of ACM UIST 2007, 3 - 12