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Firefox's latest experiment encourages you to explore the internet with article suggestions

By Polycount · 5 replies
Aug 7, 2018
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  1. Although the internet is a pretty big place, most of us won't see everything it has to offer throughout our day to day lives.

    Sticking to the same websites -- such as Reddit, YouTube, or your social media platform of choice -- has pretty much become the norm for many web users.

    Firefox developer Mozilla wants to help you break away from that trend now, though. In a blog post published today, Mozilla's Nick Nguyen announced a new feature for the company's experimental Firefox Test Pilot program, dubbed "Advance."

    "With Advance we’re taking you back to our Firefox roots and the experience that started everyone surfing the web," Nguyen writes. "That time when the World Wide Web was uncharted territory and we could freely discover new topics and ideas online."

    Advance will analyze the content you view the most often and use that information to provide recommendations to you in a new "Read Next" browser sidebar.

    For example, if you visit a page that lists the top restaurants, Firefox could begin to recommend similar content that goes into more detail about those restaurants.

    The feature will try to find trustworthy websites, but if you happen to stumble across something you either don't like or find offensive, you're given three flag options - "Not interested," "off topic/spam," and "block site."

    To test this feature -- and more -- out for yourself, just visit Firefox's official website to sign up for the Test Pilot program.

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  2. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 12,218   +1,363

    Oh goody! One more "better solution" that snoops your surfing :grrr:
     
    regiq, learninmypc and H3llion like this.
  3. Evernessince

    Evernessince TS Evangelist Posts: 2,994   +2,177

    At least in this case, the websites you visit are already known to the browser so it's not really collecting anything it or any other browser didn't already know.

    So long as your history isn't being sent to a 3rd party, this is pretty non-intrusive. Given that it's Mozilla, it's users put pretty good pressure on them to keep things private. Mozilla is non-profit so they rely on donations to keep going.
     
    LeoLancaster and Deevo324 like this.
  4. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 12,218   +1,363

    Total waste of time/effort IMO -- does it REALLY improve the user experience???
     
  5. Deevo324

    Deevo324 TS Rookie

    Nobody is forcing you to use it. I for one would be interested in seeing what it may come up with.
     
  6. moon982

    moon982 TS Rookie

    Firefox needs to really stop adding features every month and make Firefox less buggy and memory hog and fix those memory leaks.

    And Improve video playing. At one time firefox was so good.
     

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