View summaries of Wikipedia titles on any web page by hovering over them.
WikifY is an extension for google chrome that will make your internet browsing smarter and more productive. It is perfect for anyone that wants to be well versed about the people, places, and subjects that are being written about on your favorite (or not so favorite) websites. WikifY will automatically scan news and reference sites for the presence of Wikipedia titles as you browse based on our list of news and reference sites or the preferences you have set. To scan or not to scan is up to you. After the page is scanned and the WikifY icon is green, the Wikipedia title text on the site you are viewing turns into a trigger that will show a pop up of the title’s Wikipedia page when you hover over it. Data Use: When a domain is scanned, WikifY will securely send web page text to our servers to compare against the millions of Wikipedia titles. The text may be stored for troubleshooting and optimization in a completely anonymized fashion. By default WikifY has access to all pages you visit, but only news and reference sites are scanned unless you choose to change the default for the page domain by clicking the extension icon in the upper left hand corner of chrome.
- (2019-06-14) Jim Wilson: Great idea and great execution! Just used it in a Wall Street Journal article to quickly look up a term.
- (2019-05-03) Jonathan D'Angelo: Impressive tool with great utility and usability. Wikipedia is sort of the epitome of what the internet can offer society; a nearly comprehensive source of information truly at your fingertips where there is no need for searching - you just click on what you want to know in an article. This is really the first tool in my mind to apply this type of knowledge power to the internet as a whole - very cool. As a teacher, I will suggest that all of my students download this a utilize it to its fullest capacity. Personally, I found tremendous use as I pursue new hobbies with technical vocabulary outside of my current knowledge pool. (It's nice to not have to look up everything about photography to read about astrophotograhy, etc.)
- (2019-05-02) Ben Bramble: This is actually really clever. You can be reading an article and see somebody's name that you don't recognize and then hover over their name and get a brief blurb about who they are. For example, forget which state a senator represents? Just hover. It takes a second to get used to, but you can also configure it easily to only scan pages when you want it to or certain URL's. I also checked the net response times to see if it was slowing down my browsing and it doesn't. It adds 200ms which is really nothing. It also works with an ad blocker so no issue there Overall, I quite liked it and will keep it around.
- (2019-04-27) S Tevis: Great tool for when you come across a person, place, or thing you aren't familiar with on news or other websites! Highly recommend it!!