Scanning and Skimming instead of Reading


At a click of a button in the web browser, you instantly see the keywords and the context of the web page or Google search results.

Jacob Nielsen provided a revealing study on How Users Read on the Web:
“People rarely read Web pages word by word; instead, they scan the page, picking out individual words and sentences.”
There are different methods of reading for different purposes.
The technique we choose depends on the reason for reading; for example, we can read for pleasure, for information, or to complete an assignment.
If we are appraising or reviewing, we may just skim a document. If we are searching for specific facts, we may scan for particular keywords. To get detailed information, we need to dig deeper into the text.
In effect, we adjust our reading speed and our focus depending on our purposes.
When reading large volumes of information, skimming and scanning may be more practical than deep reading.
Usually scanning is the first thing that we do when we select a source for review. It helps answer such questions as:
·   Is this relevant to what I’m looking for?
·   Will this give me the answers I’m looking for?
·      Is there anything in this related to my interest?
In fact when we are scanning, we are zipping through the whole source, homing in on the important chunks. Scanning gives us a feel for the whole item; it works like a powerful filter and saves us time.
In practice, scanning is a particularly useful technique for reading web pages. For example, we scan Google search results rapidly checking for relevant keywords. We glance at the titles and summaries searching for phrases or keywords that relate to our search.
There is also a deeper rationale for scanning; when we scan, our minds are instantly matching the keywords with the purpose of our query. This instant contextualization is the main reason why scanning is a very effective filter for identifying the relevancy of information.
 Context Organizer comes with built-in automatic scanning and skimming filters.  At a click of the button in the web browser, Context Organizer instantly identifies the keywords and key sentences by relevance. That means that the users instantly know if the web page is important to them and what the focal points are.
Try out Context Organizer to help you with rapid scanning and reading.

 Download Context Organizer today.

See the demos:
  • Instant Keywords and Summaries for Google Searches with 1 click:

Context Organizer Google Search Summarization Demo

  • Instant Keywords and Summaries for Web pages and documents with 1 click:

Context Organizer Web Pages demo  Demo

  • Turn web pages into MindManager maps with 1 click: 

Context Organizer for MindManager Demo



About Henry

Hi, I’m Henry Lewkowicz and I’m the CEO of Context Discovery Inc. For long time I have been interested in the importance of context in understanding information. Intuitively we recognize the meaning of context when we say “you took my words out of context”. This phrase vividly signifies how much we care about our intentions and point of view. I believe that in the Internet age context plays a big role in rapid understanding of information. I’ll go on the record and say that in fact seeing information in context dramatically speeds understanding and simplifies application of information. In this blog I hope to have a lively dialog with you on a range of subjects related to context, information overload, knowledge, learning and other fun topics. In the course of doing it I will be using our own application, Context Organizer, as an experiment in capturing in 1 sentence what bloggers and other writers publish. I hope that we all will have some fun with it and learn more about communicating. Although this is primarily a technology and business blog, to great degree it's also my personal blog. From time to time, amongst the customary posts, I will write about issues that I passionately care about, my travels, and photos that I've taken. Periodically I refer to my family or friends, and sometimes you even see my vacation photos. I hope to make lots of new friends and learn a great deal in the process. Life is too short…. Enjoy, and feel free to write to me.
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