Netted

We’re proud this week that we were Netted by the Webbys.

Their imaginary scenario hit on why we built the extension:

Imagine your TV screen had flashing banner ads, pictures of other shows, viewer stats, and a comment section.

You’d probably watch a lot less television.

Using our extension, they said, was, “visually stunning: You don’t realize how much extra junk is on the page until you see a before and after photo. (Activate the extension on Amazon too for an even bigger shock.)”

The result of being Netted? Lots of Twitter love in tweet-sized doses:

“Wow. This is simply brilliant” – @72andSunny

“Gold!” – @brainpicker

And then, from Netted: “eLast week’s most popular Netted was @cleanerinternet Minimalism is back, baby! (Who’re we kidding, we just want the comments outta there.)”

We thank all of you who are using the extension and sharing it with friends, family and coworkers.

 

 

Sharing Clea.nr Videos: An Extension Update

We’re releasing version 4 today. And this version has a major new feature: you can now share a video URL with a friend or family member and that video will be as clutter-free for them as the video you see with our extension installed. Here’s a screenshot of where you’ll find the share URL option:

Give it a try. It’s even a fashionably short URL (and this is our, or at least my, favorite test video). Here’s a link to try:

http://yt.clea.nr/cfOa1a8hYP8

Also you can now search for and view videos from our clea.nr YouTube site: http://youtube.clea.nr/. The site works for browsers our extension doesn’t yet support, including recent versions of Internet Explorer and Opera. And the site works on a range of devices. The iPad being one of those devices.

As you’ll see, we’re able to reproduce almost the entire YouTube experience without needing the extension. But not quite everything. If you want to comment on videos, save favorites, or do anything account related, you’ll need to visit YouTube proper, not http://youtube.clea.nr/.

In addition to the above, this update contains bunches of other small improvements and tweaks.

We’ve also fine-tuned our Amazon experience with this release. Our focus with Amazon is on refining Amazon’s look so you can get to the information you need without wading through what we think is, well, different design. Lots of visual clutter on an Amazon page fights for your attention when you’re there to either buy or read about what you want to buy. Giving the pages a minimalist overhaul can help people see the simplest of the most necessary things: prices, the buy button, the reviews.

Our Amazon cleaning, though, is cautious and iterative and will be an on-going process.

That’s all for now. We hope you enjoy the update.

New YouTube? No Surprises

Today we’re releasing version 3.2 of clea.nr Videos. We’ll give you some details after the screenshots, but we can’t resist showing the screenshots first.

The new YouTube:

The new clea.nr YouTube, which is even a bit cleaner than the old clea.nr:

To borrow a phrase from Radiohead, the YouTube redesign has no surprises. Still cluttered. But still cleanable.

Our update, then, better accommodates the redesign, fixes a few minor bugs and adds some interface refinements. For example, it better accommodates smaller screens and it’s a bit more subtle in places. Yes, we even clean our cleaning. Because good design is as little design as possible.

Enjoy.

Firefox Users: We’ve Updated clea.nr Videos for YouTube

Firefox users, you’re now up to the same version as our Safari and Chrome users. To get the update, however, you may need to install and/or reinstall using this link:

http://clea.nr/install/

Wondering what’s new for Firefox? Here’s the run down:

  • Rebranding! Grand re-opening as … clea.nr Videos for YouTube™ (you can read the name change story).
  • You can now unhide/show suggested videos.
  • thanks page. Because we want to thank you.
  • An option to “Dim Lights” –all but the video darkens in the browser window (find it just under the video itself).
  • Some sweet new but subtle UI enhancements.
  • An option to disable our Amazon Associate ID (applies when not cleaning Amazon).
  • Recommendations no longer show on YouTube’s home page if you were logged in but didn’t have subscriptions.

And like the thanks page says, thanks.

Wondering why aren’t we in the Firefox add-ons/extensions gallery? In short: their review process moves at a glacial pace and has esoteric requirements. (No minified code? Pshaw!)

Where’d We Go? Once Again Removed from the Chrome Web Store

We’ve been removed from the Chrome Web Store once again. This time Google has removed our extension because we block advertisements.

As has happened beforeour link on the Chrome Web Store, reads: “An error occurred: Item not found. This item may have been removed by its author.”

So it’s clear: though it says we may have removed it, we didn’t remove it. We’re in more discussions with Google to find out how our blocking of ads differs from other extensions that block ads. As we know more, we’ll let you know more.

clea.nr Videos: What’s New in Version 3.0.2

Here’s what the update includes:

  • Rebranding! Grand re-opening as … clea.nr Videos for YouTube™ (you can read the name change story).
  • You can now unhide/show suggested videos.
  • A thanks page. Because we want to thank you.
  • An option to “Dim Lights” –all but the video darkens in the browser window (find it just under the video itself).
  • Some sweet new but subtle UI enhancements.
  • An option to disable our Amazon Associate ID (applies when not cleaning Amazon).
  • Recommendations no longer show on YouTube’s home page if you were logged in but didn’t have subscriptions.

And like the thanks page says, thanks.

clea.nr Videos for YouTube™: The Name Change Story

We’ve changed the extension’s name. It’s now “clea.nr Videos for YouTube™.” Safari users will today, or the next time Safari checks for updates, be getting the updated extension with its new name.

Why the change? I’ve written about the name change for Chrome and the story is the same for Safari: a branding problem. Google contacted us and we changed the name.  (If for some reason you didn’t know–e.g. you were helping the NASA Spirit rover on Mars’ Low Ridge back in October 2006Google owns YouTube.)

And that’s the story.