Looking for examples of saving searches and retrieving saved searches.

6 Apr 2011 - 1:34pm
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smsorensen
2010

Looking for examples of saving searches and retrieving saved searches. I've seen ebay & monster.

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6 Apr 2011 - 2:18pm
Josh B Williams
2010

Bugzilla also has saved searched.

6 Apr 2011 - 8:49pm
Tom Coombs
2009

kayak.co.uk has search history and saved searches in the sense of email alerts based on search criteria.

globrix.com has saved searches with alerts.

Tom

7 Apr 2011 - 9:36am
MPawson
2010

This is also an area I have been interested in. The reason being is when I think of my own experience saving queries it seems great at the time but the reality is when I return to using those searches I have to open each one up to study it to figure out if its the one I am looking for. If I have saved a lot of them, the time to do this is longer than the time to recreate the search from scratch. Hence I tend to pan the idea of saving searches unless you are running the same search day in day out. However  my colleagues who implemented this in a GIS desktop app disagreed. Apparently it was a hit with their users and the interface was a simple dropdown of saved searches with a hover over showing the context of the search.

As Josh mentioned Bugzilla offers saved searches. While constructing the search and on the search results page they offer a Save Search As action with a text field to name it. The saved search is then shown as a link at the bottom of your bugzilla page. They have a separate action where you can delete the search.

27 May 2011 - 3:54pm
eliannaj
2010

The key here is, who is using the app or website and what are they using it for?The website I currently work on keeps the last several searches the user has performed, but doesn't "remember" them for future sessions.  
With a desktop client app, the searches per individual may be very redundant. Having a "remembered searches" feature could save a lot of time for the user.

elianna james
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--- On Thu, 4/7/11, MPawson <mark.pawson@pason.com> wrote:


From: MPawson <mark.pawson@pason.com>
Subject: Re: [IxDA] Looking for examples of saving searches and retrieving saved searches.
To: eliannaj@yahoo.com
Date: Thursday, April 7, 2011, 9:05 AM

This is also an area I have been interested in. The reason being is when I think of my own experience saving queries it seems great at the time but the reality is when I return to using those searches I have to open each one up to study it to figure out if its the one I am looking for. If I have saved a lot of them, the time to do this is longer than the time to recreate the search from scratch. Hence I tend to pan the idea of saving searches unless you are running the same search day in day out. However  my colleagues who implemented this in a GIS desktop app disagreed. Apparently it was a hit with their users and the interface was a simple dropdown of saved searches with a hover over showing the context of the search.

As Josh mentioned Bugzilla offers saved searches. While constructing the search and on the search results page they offer a Save Search As action with a text field to name it. The saved search is then shown as a link at the bottom of your bugzilla page. They have a separate action where you can delete the search.

7 Apr 2011 - 6:16pm
Jan Benway
2009

Google has one associated with mortgage rates:

https://www.google.com/comparisonads/mortgages

Click "get rate updates by email"

11 Apr 2011 - 12:07pm
Adam Korman
2004

Mac OS does this in a few places (Finder, iTunes and Mail come to mind). In iTunes and Mail the language is a little different (you save a "Smart Playlist" or "Smart Mailbox"), but these are saved searches. Josh mentioned Bugzilla -- this is a core feature of every ticketing system I've every used (Trac, Redmine, Bugzilla and home-grown solutions). Depending on what you're looking for, it might make sense to take a look at things like Facebook groups and Twitter lists, which are sort of like saved searches.

12 Apr 2011 - 9:35am
Ed Dale
2007

Where are you planning on using saved searches? We had a feature in our enterprise search that allowed for searches to be saved and shared, and I can talk to that, but don't want to bore the group if that is not related to your need.

13 Apr 2011 - 11:01am
SledDawg
2010

Traditional online information services like Lexis/Nexis, Dialog, Westlaw, etc. have had this feature for many years and their users rely on it. It's surprising that the web search engines and/or browsers don't include it, since they are storing all our search histories anyway. Do any browsers have this capablity, or for that matter any ability to manage your search history other than to delete  or make it secure?

This short research paper from 2007 followed 114 Yahoo users for a year and found that "40% of all  observed queries led to a click on a result that was also clicked during another query session by the same user.":

http://people.csail.mit.edu/teevan/work/publications/posters/sigir06.pdf

Here's another related paper by two Microsoft researchers: http://research.microsoft.com/en-us/um/people/sdumais/ECIR07-SandersonDumais-Final.pdf

It would seem that the general user might find this functionality useful. So why is it comparatively rare?

 

13 Apr 2011 - 12:19pm
Santiago Bustelo
2010

Actually, since search engines pass search tearms through the URL query string, bookmarking the results page would result in a saved search.

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Santiago Bustelo
IxDA Buenos AIres

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> To: kmillersf@hotmail.com
> Subject: Re: [IxDA] Looking for examples of saving searches and retrieving saved searches.
> From: dgoessling@yahoo.com
> Date: Wed, 13 Apr 2011 11:57:24 -0500
>
> Traditional online information services like Lexis/Nexis, Dialog, Westlaw,
> etc. have had this feature for many years and their users rely on it. It's
> surprising that the web search engines and/or browsers don't include it,
> since they are storing all our search histories anyway. Do any browsers have
> this capablity, or for that matter any ability to manage your search history
> other than to delete  or make it secure?
>
> This short research paper from 2007 followed 114 Yahoo users for a year and
> found that "40% of all  observed queries led to a click on a result that was
> also clicked during another query session by the same user.":
>
> http://people.csail.mit.edu/teevan/work/publications/posters/sigir06.pdf [1]
>
> Here's another related paper by two Microsoft researchers:
> http://research.microsoft.com/en-us/um/people/sdumais/ECIR07-SandersonDumais-Final.pdf
> [2]
>
> It would seem that the general user might find this functionality useful. So
> why is it comparatively rare?
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> [1] http://people.csail.mit.edu/teevan/work/publications/posters/sigir06.pdf
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