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I built a tool to stop my YouTube procrastination.

Dear Indie Hackers community,

for a while now, I have been dreaming about launching a web service that is useful for someone. Being a creative person is a blessing and a curse. It is easy to come up with ideas, however it is much harder to follow through because you get distracted all the time. During school and university I really procrastinated a lot by watching YouTube, sometimes to an unhealthy extend. Social media addiction is often downplayed in today’s society. It is real and causes a lot of pain and unproductivity for a large amount of people. Therefore, I decided to tackle my own problem by building a product which could help others.

As a data enthusiast I want to analyse my current behaviour, set an ambitious but achievable goal and track my progress towards this goal. With YouTube, this turned out to be much more difficult than I imagined. In the end, YouTube is a business and doesn’t really want people to stop watching. However, in compliance with data protection laws, they have to provide all data they store about you. To my knowledge, I built the first plug-and-play tool to analyse this data. My site parses the large html file containing all video urls and sends requests to the YouTube API to gather additional information such as duration, upload time, category and tags. Afterward, the data is presented in a detailed report including interactive graphs along with all raw data as a csv file.

If you are interested, please check it out at http://mywatchtime.com. I would love to hear your feedback.

Thanks so much,
Niclas

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