So many people feel like they have the right to comment on youtube users' race, gender, skill, and looks behind the security of their computer screens. Ending this phenomenon is something that we feel especially passionate about. Online communities should be a source of support and not hate. The only way to end hate in online communities is not by fighting back with hate, but by combatting it with kindness, and this was our inspiration for NiceType.
What it does
How we built it
Challenges we ran into
Accomplishments that we're proud of
We are very proud of the fact that we were able to access individual YouTube comments and analyze their text for keywords. YouTube has an extremely complex structure and doesn't have individual IDs for each comment, so the fact that we were able to isolate our intended targets was a great accomplishment for us. We are also proud of our idea overall and the impact it could have. We also learned about using Maven and Restful API's. Though using the POST request posed us with challenges, we were able to deploy code using Microsoft Azure (nicetype.azurewebsities.net). Though the POST request does not currently work, we will be able to debug it in the future.
What we learned
What's next for NiceType
NiceType has incredible potential for growth in the future. We started this project on YouTube because that's where we've seen some of the most intolerant comments on the internet. However, NiceType could be adapted to be used on other Social Media sites such as Facebook and Twitter, both of which often contain rude comments. We also see the potential to use NPL APIs such as Watson in the future to identify all comments with negative sentiments, rather than using a pre-populated list of derogatory terms. Our goal is to capitalize on the kindness of the majority of people. We strive to combat negativity with kind intentions and the overall good nature of online communities. We strongly believe that the NiceType could create an incredible impact on mental health and combatting stereotypes by being implemented on various Social Media and blogging platforms. The time for online prejudices to end is NOW, and NiceType could play a huge part in this by crowdsourcing kindness.