A Cleaner Internet: Reduce Clutter and Enhance Youtube Viewing

I’ve written about Readability and Readability Redux. These are browser add-ons that remove distracting clutter from web pages and customize the reading experience in terms of style, font size and margin width. Today I’m writing about a browser extension that reduces clutter from Youtube and customizes the viewing experience. I believe this may be especially helpful for individuals who experience challenge with their vision.

A Cleaner Internet is a browser add-on available for Safari, Firefox and Chrome. If you follow this link, the site will know which browser you are using, and you will be offered the appropriate download. Once downloaded, it installs automatically. At least, that’s what it did for me in Chrome.

After the extension is installed, when you go to Youtube.com, you see only the simple search bar shown below. If you click on ‘Show Recommendations, etc.’, you’ll see Youtube’s normal start page.

Here are the first three results returned for ‘india trains paulhami’.

Here’s what I see when I select the second option. Notice that I’m given the opportunity to “Dim” the lights.

Finally, here’s what I see when I click ‘Dim Lights’. For me, this yields a more satisfying viewing experience. Check it out and let me know what you think.

One thought on “A Cleaner Internet: Reduce Clutter and Enhance Youtube Viewing

  1. This is a great add-on to use with students with vision problems. I could also see using this with students with ADD or student who get distracted easily by adds and other clutter on websites. Thanks for the great idea!

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