Information Scraps, Quick Notetaking, and Personal Information Organization

Faculty Advisor: David Karger
Contact e-mail: karger@mit.edu
Research Area(s): Graphics and Human-Computer Interfaces
Our lives are filled with small, random scraps of information that seem to have no natural home. Where do we put them, and how do we find them later? We've created List.it (Link ), a fast, lightweight browser extension for capturing and organizing such scraps. Listit has over 25,000 active users who have recorded more than 100,000 scraps. Analyzing them we've discovered important subpopulations such as packrats, minimalists, and spring cleaners. To advance our study of personal information organization, we want to study the activity of our current users (both the content they create and their interaction with it), add useful functionality to the tool (such as sharing, reminding, and context sensitive retrieval) and study the way users react to the new functionality.