Focusing on the ZotHack's theme: "information going viral", our team was inspired by many existing social media platforms, but wanted an easier, more convenient way to explore them.
Our team also drew many aesthetic/design inspirations from popular google chrome extensions like Honey.
What it does
If our users are on a supported site, the chrome extension will be able to automatically look through keywords on a user’s screen and suggest other relevant viral links from a small, easy to access window.
For example, say you are on Youtube and you are watching a cute cat video, Milk will pop up in the corner and display trending links that are related to cats that you may also be interested in pursuing.
How we built it
Our group was split into two teams:
One was dedicated to the back-end development such as: utilizing node.js and cheerio to web scrape and return relevant titles and urls.
Challenges we ran into
Working on the project with limited technical experience in web development
Being able to web-scrape specific urls on Google
Integrating the front-end and back-end code
Accomplishments that we're proud of
Creating a a clean logo and user interface
Utilizing node.js and cheerio that is able to web-scrape website titles and their specific urls on Google
To be able to communicate between our chrome extension HTML file with our node.js backend
To be able to automatically create thumbnails for each url we webscraped
What we learned
What's next for Milk
Allowing users to be able to separate the viral links into different categories based on specific sources (i.e., Youtube, Reddit, Facebook)
Improve the overall aesthetic and user experience of the extension
Improve the algorithm used to find the related links and include statistics of how many people viewed similar viral links shown