- Angela Abar wrestles with destiny in ‘Watchmen’ episode 8 Sunday 9:05 PM
- Guy who runs Trump Organization Twitter account caught hyping up own tweet Sunday 4:51 PM
- People found out how tall Olaf is–and now ‘Frozen’ is terrifying Sunday 3:41 PM
- Rapper Juice WRLD dead at 21 Sunday 3:02 PM
- Embody Andrew Yang, fight other presidential candidates in video game Sunday 2:33 PM
- Ariana Grande spoke with TikTok teen who looks exactly like her Sunday 1:00 PM
- Beyoncé accused of paying dancers ‘low rates’ Sunday 11:58 AM
- Timmy Thick blasted for saying the N-word in comeback video Sunday 9:11 AM
- Netflix’s ‘The Confession Killer’ is a devastating and well-built portrait of a con artist Sunday 8:00 AM
- Swipe This! I’m ashamed to tell anyone about my online shopping habit Sunday 6:00 AM
- UPS facing backlash for thanking police after employee killed in shootout Saturday 5:02 PM
- Sanders campaign fires staffer after anti-Semitic, homophobic tweets surface Saturday 3:13 PM
- Brother Nature was attacked, says everyone just watched with phones out Saturday 2:45 PM
- Ryan Reynolds’ gin company hires Peloton wife for ad Saturday 1:24 PM
- Ex-vegan YouTuber accused of fraud after following meat-only diet Saturday 1:11 PM
Given how short the Internet’s attention span is, we spend a surprising amount of time scrolling through near-endless wastelands of text. It’s often a chore staying focused on that text when you know there’s a much better Internet out there to explore. The solution to the tedium, of course, is to bring the best part of the web into that ceaseless wall of words.
“Why?” you may ask.
“Why not?” InstaCats responds.
Longform storytelling is thriving online. It has become a staple of most news websites, including this very one that you are reading right now. The next time you dive into an issue of the Kernel—or try tackling Paul Ford’s much-discussed 38,000 word feature on code—launch InstaCats and give your eyes a rest between paragraphs.
The real promise of InstaCats, though, is making those pesky terms and conditions agreements readable. Instead of blindly clicking “Agree,” why not read through them with the support of adorable little furballs that appear between each privacy-violating statement? Who knew kittens could save you from surrendering your personal information?
In addition to the Chrome extension, you can also activate InstaCats with a bookmarklet from the extension’s website. Either way, you’ll have cats on command—which is really all the Internet was ever supposed to be.
Screengrab via the Kernel
AJ Dellinger is a seasoned technology writer whose work has appeared in Digital Trends, International Business Times, and Newsweek. In 2018, he joined Gizmodo as the nights and weekend editor.