A browser within your browser.
siteFlow is a cross-browser tool that enables you to browse multiple pages (i.e those featuring next/previous buttons, like Google’s search results) and archived web content, faster and with less effort than the usual one-page-at-once browsing. It adds an extra layer of interactivity (literally and figuratively) on top of web pages. Turbocharge your web reading.
Scroll down to the bookmarklet link to get going, but don’t miss all the goodness preceding that.
Click here for a quick demo.or drag link to your bookmarks toolbar
..so, what is it?
Whether you are reading your favorite blog, sifting through topic pages in a forum, a news site, a photo gallery or google result pages, you have — with reasonable certainty — run into it somewhere on the internets: pagination of web pages: process of arranging content into sequence of pages, where you click a link to access page #2, which then contains a link to page #3, and so on.. they come in all shapes and colors: As an avid websurfer, I luv stumpling upon new and intriguing content on the internets , but usually get tired after clicking NEXT/PREVIOUS 4-5 times, perhaps due to the short attention span web surfers tend to have.
Get more of the web into your veins, faster
Most of the time, pagination is a necessary evil, the alternative being an endless scroll of content on a single page. other times it’s just evil (having few items, say < 10, on each page).
According to the usability guru, Jacob Nielsen, 79% of users scan pages rather than read them (if you are reading this sentence, you are a rare breed, congratulation, man). To scan pages even faster, this application offers headlines at the top of pages, for enhanced readability, large headlines are at hand, too.
To use this tool (bookmarklet), drag the link below onto
your bookmarks toolbar, or right-click on link and bookmark;
Tested and works in the following browsers:
Firefox 3 Chrome Safari 3.2 Opera 9
(Do you see IE up there?, me neither… help me work out why it doesn’t work in IE)
To see it action, go to one of the following pages I frequent and
click on your shinning new bookmarklet on the bookmarks toolbar!
- New York Times tech blog
- Google Search results (Oh.. I spelled that search word wrong?.. I see)
- FlowingData | Data Visualization and Statistics
- GOOD magazine
- A List Apart
- Lifehacker (has a zillion items on the frontpage)
- People Who Deserve It (‘deserve what‘, you might wonder..)
- Version2, Newz.dk (mind you, both sites in danish)
- 360 Pixels Photos by Ayash Basu
- Moodaholic || Kenny Weng
- Chiaro Scurro fotoblog
- A Thousand Words by Michael Paulison
- Urban Photography William Darhy
- ..and check out the sweet sliding effect on this page
A handful of photo blogs (hit F11 for fullscreen, Prev to go backwards)
- Works on websites where higher page number means newer content (mainly photo pages and comic strips) and pages where higher page number means digging thru the archive dumpster for old goodies (news sites, blogs, et al)
- Recognizes continuous pagenumbering (1,2,4 … n) as well as offsets (i.e. multiples of a page number : 20, 40, 60 … n*m)
- It is fairly generalized, so it recognizes pretty much all standard paging variables and formatting variations, both static and dynamic URLs.
- Jump back and forth between headlines (see next section for shortcuts) to quickly gain an overview of the site. You can conveniently customize targets using tags (H1,H2..) or any other css-selecter you see fit.
- Lazy one-hand browsing with keyboard shortcuts
Look ma, no
Let go of the mouse. Use these keyboard shortcuts to quickly move around.
Go to next page
Go to previous page
Return to first page
Skip to last page
Jump to next headline
Jump to previous headline
- Doesn’t (yet) work on date-based paginations (there goes blogger.com) .
- Code wrapped in <script> tags or embedded in the headers are not executed (beyond the first page). The same goes for embedded stylesheets on subsequent pages (this is rarely an issue, if ever at all. )
- That aforementioned feature means
- The majority of the ads on the page will magically disappear. Will you even notice? I surely did not.
As more content is fetched, everything but the html body content is discarded, since it’s already present. This is a non-issue for you (the reader), but for the ‘other guy’, the site owner, this implies, among other things, that:
…It’s not a magic wand!