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Search User Interfaces by Marti A. Hearst

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12 Emerging Trends in Search Interfaces

This chapter describes several areas that are gaining in importance and are likely to play a significant role in search interfaces in the future. These predictions come primarily from extrapolating out from emerging trends. The areas that seem most likely to be important, and so demand changes in search interface technology, are: mobile search, multimedia search, social search, and a hybrid of natural language and command-based queries in search. Each is discussed in detail below.

12.1. Mobile Search Interfaces

Mobile communication devices are becoming increasingly popular as information access tools. A recent survey of more than 1,000 technology leaders and other stakeholders said they expect that mobile ...

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