Research on user behavior for "open link" in new tab

5 Apr 2011 - 12:51pm
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aZippel4iD
2010

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Does anyone know of any research on if there is a correlation between opening links in a new tab and user confidence in the link? I find myself opening links in new tabs when I’m the least bit not convinced that the link will provide me with what I am looking for and I want an easy back to where I was. There are of course many options; user preference for browsing would have limitless different intentions. I am asking because we use software that records user sessions on our website and I see this behavior and wonder what various intentions might be driving it.

As always, thank you in advance.

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27 May 2011 - 3:54pm
pnuschke
2007

I have no research on it but can offer personal experience--I use a new tab when I do not want to interrupt a logged in session or if I think that I will not be able to go "back" for that reason or another. Sometimes I also use it with I want to read supporting materials to the page I am currently viewing (like to understand a concept in an article). 

On Tue, Apr 5, 2011 at 2:14 PM, aZippel4iD <azippel@esri.com> wrote:

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Does anyone know of any research on if there is a correlation between opening links in a new tab and user confidence in the link? I find myself opening links in new tabs when I’m the least bit *not *convinced that the link will provide me with what I am looking for and I want an easy back to where I was. There are of course many options; user preference for browsing would have limitless different intentions. I am asking because we use software that records user sessions on our website and I see this behavior and wonder what various intentions might be driving it.

As always, thank you in advance.

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27 May 2011 - 3:54pm
Oleh Kovalchuke
2006

Observation, not a research.
I would also do this, if I want to save an interesting branch of information for later reading.

Thanks,
Oleh Kovalchuke
(816) 808-6177


On Tue, Apr 5, 2011 at 1:15 PM, aZippel4iD <azippel@esri.com> wrote:

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Does anyone know of any research on if there is a correlation between opening links in a new tab and user confidence in the link? I find myself opening links in new tabs when I’m the least bit *not *convinced that the link will provide me with what I am looking for and I want an easy back to where I was. There are of course many options; user preference for browsing would have limitless different intentions. I am asking because we use software that records user sessions on our website and I see this behavior and wonder what various intentions might be driving it.

As always, thank you in advance.

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