Activity-Centric Browsing: Revolutionizing User Engagement and Productivity in the Digital Age

Parent project: Future of browsing systems

Activity-based browsing

I'd like to discuss an idea that I believe could potentially shape the future of browsing, particularly in terms of user engagement and productivity. The concept stems from the observation that people perform various jobs or activities while browsing the web. In today's complex digital landscape, users often end up with multiple open tabs, sometimes even hundreds, for different projects and purposes. This cluttered environment can make it difficult for users to focus and manage their tasks effectively.

Additionally, operating systems, browsers, and platform systems have evolved to accommodate multiple windows and interoperations, but this has led to an overflow of information and notifications. Users now find themselves constantly clearing messages and notifications to maintain some semblance of organization.

To address these issues, I propose a new browsing paradigm that prioritizes activities and focuses on providing a more seamless and intuitive user experience. This can be achieved by creating activity-based user profiles and organizing browsing sessions around specific tasks or interests.

Consider a scenario where a user, like yourself, wants to learn how to make a particular drink. Instead of opening multiple tabs within a single browser profile, you create a new profile specifically for this activity – "Brendan on How to Make a Drink." As you search and gather information, your progress is saved within this activity profile, keeping it separate from other unrelated tasks or projects.

These activity profiles can be further organized into series and episodes, allowing users to track their progress and continue from where they left off. For instance, you might have a series of activities related to learning about drinks, and each time you engage in a new session, it becomes a new episode in that series.

By focusing on activities, the browser can offer tailored browsing experiences, such as "no notifications" mode or other customizations that support the user's current task. This approach puts users and their activities at the center, with websites and web services becoming players within this context. This shift from a site-centric to an activity-centric browsing experience can foster new creative solutions and interoperability between services and platforms.

Imagine a pre-browser that knows your browsing history and interests, and when you express a desire to learn more about drinks, it shows you your latest session and offers an option to start the "Next Episode." Upon clicking, it opens the relevant tabs and tools associated with that activity, streamlining your browsing experience and helping you stay focused on the task at hand.

In conclusion, adopting an activity-based browsing model can help users better manage their digital interactions, reduce clutter, and enhance productivity. By prioritizing activities and offering tailored experiences, we can create a more engaging, organized, and streamlined browsing experience that caters to the diverse needs of users in the modern digital age.

Marcio S Galli
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