how do you browse?
May 14, 2005, 12:39pm EDT
This is my daily browsing routine:
- I start with my “news aggregator” and read events in chronological order. That is, I scroll down until I find the last item I read then read up the page.
- If there are embedded links in the entry that interest me, I open them in a background tab (middle click).
- When I finish the reading the entry, I go back and read the tabs I opened.
- I then return to scrolling up and reading more entries from the aggregator.
The result is that I only use one browser window with lots of tabs. What I’m curious about is how someone browses if s/he doesn’t use tabs. Does the user then open lots of new windows or after finishing the a page, does the person go back and follow more links? I’d be even more interested in hearing about users who use a combination of tabs and new windows. I tried doing this at work once (one window with multiple tabs for documentation and a separate window for general usage), but I think I spent more time trying to find tabs and would often have duplicate tabs.
I vaguely recall back in the days of Netscape 4, I used to right click on links and open them in a new window, but I think it had something to do with browser windows not rendering pages and allowing an easy way to kill a rogue window.