WebReview makes your browser's history, start page smarter

WebReview is a new Firefox extension that combines a rich and deep history browsing tool with a new way to start browser sessions with favorite links.

WebReview is a new extension for Firefox that attempts to make your start page smarter, and more suggestive based on past browsing habits. If you've used Google's Chrome, or have been keeping up with Mozilla's latest efforts to change what users are seeing when they first fire up their browser or open a new tab, the idea behind WebReview is the same.

When you install WebReview in Firefox (which for now is the only browser this extension runs in) it will give you four different sets of links. Like Chrome it will tell you both the last few tabs you had open, along with some of your most visited pages. Where it really shines, however is showing you a grouping of sites you visit daily, along with a suggestion of sites you may be interested in going to. It sorts these out by what day it is, along with the time. So if, for example, you visit a few news blogs every Monday morning it will keep track of that and offer them up as suggestions when you fire up your browser that same time of day.

Users with WebReview installed can see a slew of links when they load up their browser, including their most visited pages, along with suggestions of what they should read based on past browsing history. WebReview

The add-on provides more than just links though, it's also a secondary history tracker that can be used instead of the one that ships with Firefox. It will track all your browsing history and give you some powerful tools to go through it all including the option to sort by both domain and the number of visits. It also provides a thumbnail view of each page which you can preview before going back for another visit.

If you're not into going through the entirety of your history there's an alternate way to track how you browsed. Called graph view, it shows the breadcrumb trail of how you went from site to site for that entire session. You can also go back to specific days and see a large graph for the entire day. Visually it's very interesting, and exploratory at the same time.

WebReview was created by German developer Andreas Wagner as part of his thesis for University of Applied Sciences Kaiserslautern/Germany. It's also experimental, so you'll need to be registered with Mozilla's add-ons site to give it a go.

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