A chrome extension for collaboratively surfing the web with others
HitchHiker is a tool for collaborative social web browsing. Users can create a room, and then move around the internet together. Whenever the room creator (or "guide") goes to a new website the other members of the room are taken there too. In addition, the guide can put on fun effects on top of the page, such as covering the screen with animated gifs or playing sound effects. The guide can present live in real time, or record a presentation inside HitchHiker to playback for an audience in the future. Or, in a more social setting, the role of guide can be passed around the room as everyone takes a turn sharing web sites. Everyone in a HitchHiker room shares a common chat room that is layered on top of every web page visited, allowing HitchHiker to be used for socializing, education, presentations and live performance. HitchHiker is created and maintained by Todd Anderson (https://toddwords.com), and has been supported by the CultureHub Artist Residency Program and the We Be Imagining Incubator at Columbia University. Video credit to J Khadijah Abdurahman and the We Be Imagining.
- (2020-09-02) Bryant Smith: Witnessing HitchHiker performances BLEW MY MIND. This is something that is not being done anywhere else. Things like this are the future of new media / digital art.
- (2020-09-02) Cecilia D'Anastasio: This is such a creative and fun medium for collaboratively touring the internet. I've seen some incredible live performances from the developer and other artists using the HitchHiker extension. It's like nothing you've ever experienced--guided tours of someone's online childhood haunts, surprising corners of the internet not easily found on search engines, artistic interpretations of common websites to show theories of online interaction. I think HitchHiker is the future of performance.
- (2021-02-19, v:0.9.10) Nina Isabella Moeller: Hi there - came across HitchHiker
it looks brilliant! But I am finding it hard to really understand how to get it to work - how even to invite people into a room I create. Tested it out with a friend who just gets "room is currently not available" message when clicking the invite link I sent... Is there a how to tutorial somewhere I could check out? Would love to use this for some teaching purposes! Thanks a lot