Clickbait is a driving factor of entertainment, news and social media for our generation and honestly is a very smart and powerful feature if used properly. However, clickbait is becoming too common and repetitive nowadays and many of us would prefer the option to minimize or flat out remove clickbait from our lives. While it may be difficult to ignore all forms of clickbait in our society nowadays, we believe we can provide a solution that will help avoid what is slowly becoming the norm of our society.
What it does
We are building a google chrome extension that censors clickbait titles based on crowd sourced information. A user is able to right click any link that they may deem to be clickbait and report it as such. Using MySQL’s database technologies as well as Algolia’s advanced search technologies, we use this crowd sourced data to efficiently filter out clickbait titles. A user is also able to use our extension to actively block clickbait titles by sending us all URL’s of the website they are currently on. These URL’s are processed on Algolia’s fast server and we send them back a list of URL’s deemed as clickbait by our algorithms. These URL titles will then be hidden from the user, but a user will still be able to access these URL’s as they please.
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What's next for Don't ClickIt
We created the program by having certain sites such as YouTube in mind, so our program can be scaled to work more efficiently and better on different websites where clickbait is very common, such as Facebook or Twitter. We can optimize our use of Algolia and their unique API as well as improve our usage of MySQL.