You know Upworthy, they're responsible for those clickbait headlines everyone (and their mother) share on Facebook about a million times. If you've had enough, the browser plugin Downworthy automagically rewords them for what they actually mean.
Downworthy replaces hyperbolic headlines from bombastic viral websites with a slightly more realistic version. For example:
- "Literally" becomes "Figuratively"
- "Will Blow Your Mind" becomes "Might Perhaps Mildly Entertain You For a Moment"
- "One Weird Trick" becomes "One Piece of Completely Anecdotal Horseshit"
- "Go Viral" becomes "Be Overused So Much That You'll Silently Pray for the Sweet Release of Death to Make it Stop"
- "Can't Even Handle" becomes "Can Totally Handle Without Any Significant Issue"
- "Incredible" becomes "Painfully Ordinary"
- "You Won't Believe" becomes "In All Likelihood, You'll Believe"
- ... and so on. (see the spoilers list below)
These articles are, in general, not nearly as bad as their titles - but the titles have become SO overblown, they're meaningless and annoying. But people still click, so the trend continues. Consider this me doing my part to stop the insanity.
|A Fully-Functional Instagram Camera May Soon Be a Reality|
|What They Thought the Internet Would Be Like in 1969|
|PUT.IO: Downloads Torrents to Your Private Cloud|
|“As users, it’s important to be aware of how the platform is manipulating you.”|
|MPAA Wants to Bring SOPA-Like Legislation to Canada's C-11|
|"There needs to be more aggressive enforcement action on tech companies like Google."|
|“Not a single personal insult was uttered by any member of the crew.”|
|Making a Movie Inside a Video Game|
|How to Avoid Jury Duty|
|Google Map Shows You the Most Photographed Areas of the World|
|"Cells have the capacity to process and respond to instructions and codes inputted into their main system."|
|“Clicking on a Facebook advert may reveal things about yourself you don’t want anyone to know.”|
|“Any person, organization or government serious about web security should return to plain-text.”|