Take control of how you use the web
Where did the time go? This visualization shows the number of visits to a website as the circle size. This gives you a broad view of how much you use various websites.
What am I looking for? In this visualization words used in multiple search terms are larger, which emphasizes the subjects you search for in more depth. Hovering over a words shows the search terms it was used in.
How did I get there? The network visualization shows your browsing path through the web. An arrow from one site to another indicates that you clicked on a link from the originating site to the destination. Your main starting points for web browsing will be at the center of your visualization.
When do I browse the web most? The Time Heatmap shows the hours of the day and days of the week. A square is darker when you browse the web more.
Give me details! The data table displays each of your browsing records and puts you in control of each one, enabling fine grained management of your history.
Web browsers keep history data, but they don't enable users to benefit from this data to understand their own habits. Web historian is a browser extension that helps users see their web browsing patterns using interactive visualizations. Users can harness this information to make informed decisions about their web use.
Have you ever lost track of time online? Need to retrace your steps to re-find something? Are you curious how you use the web at different times of the day? Which sites lead you to other sites most often? How your use of a website changes over time? The answers to these questions and many more are locked in data that is already in your web browser. Unlock it with Web Historian.
Many companies collect and analyze web browsing history for marketing and advertising purposes. Browsing history data has been less accessible to those who want to analyze their own web browsing behavior, and to researchers who study the social impact of the web. That is why Web Historian was created. Web Historian is a non-profit open source project developed specifically to provide users with as much transparency and control over their own information as possible. When users install Web Historian they download a program that runs only on their computer, not online. Users can opt-in to a research study after they install Web Historian and remove anything they want from their browsing history.
Take control of how you use the web with Web Historian.
Frequently Asked Questions
Notes on features and events
In Web Historian the Time Heatmap can help you understand how you are using your time online. You can see the time and day of the week when you tend to use the web more heavily, and delve in to see which sites you were visiting at particular times with a right-click. This could help[…]
One of the best features of WebHistorian is that you can learn more about your web browsing through different lenses. When navigating your own specific bubble chart users can choose to look at web site visits through the “all visits” tab, and the “daily habits” tab. So it’s important to understand the difference between total[…]
Saturday Oct. 8, Berlin – Presentation “Using web browsing histories to facilitate multi-method research”
Dr. Ericka Menchen-Trevino will give a presentation at the Association of Internet Researchers conference entitled “Using web browsing histories to facilitate multi-method research.” This presentation will explain the methodological innovations of the web historian project for internet research. These include the use of data visualization to enable informed consent, the ability to collect self-reported and[…]
We are happy to announce that Ericka Menchen-Trevino’s paper “Web Historian: Enabling multi-method and independent research with real-world web browsing history data” will be presented as a poster at iConference 2016 in Philadelphia, and the associated short paper will be published in the conference proceedings. Below is the abstract, and this is a link to[…]
The Web Historian website is re-launching with a new theme. Over the next few days we will reload (and update) the previous content in the new format. Over the next few months we will add a full online demo of the visualizations, as well as an updated video and our very own Web Historian Twitter account.