I'm currently working on Intent – a browser extension that helps users be more mindful of how they browse the web.
To give you a quick idea of how it works, here's a screenshot (tweet link):
The idea came about when I wrote some specific tips on getting less distracted by social media (https://nelo.is/writing/stop-scrolling-mindlessly). I quickly realized how blocking features you find distracting is so convoluted. Basically, I'd like this to be the one extension you need to install to control those distractions.
I'm starting with giving the option to block feeds, AI suggestions, and autoplay. Will possibly branch to adding access confirmation, usage timer, and hiding from seen indicators. However, I'll carefully consider how each feature contributes to the whole idea of adding intent.
I'm really excited about using design itself to counter addictive design – reversing Nir Eyal's ideas.
A few questions:
Would you pay for this? If you're comfortable sharing, how much?
Which features from your favorite websites bother you most? For example, I find the Facebook News Feed, YouTube AutoPlay, and Instagram Explore tab to be a huge time sink.