In my last post, I described an app that was able to look for problem areas, or at the very least eyebrow-raisers, in the news articles we consume every day online. Having such a tool at our disposal while we browse the Internet could become incredibly useful. It would keep us honest, informed and at the very least remove some of the fear of sharing something with our friends and family that had no obvious signs of being anything but an interesting story.

The technical term I’ve come up with for my app is an Article Credibility Profiler (important to note that it is not a fact checker), but something along the lines of a Browser Buddy, or a Browsing Guide might make more sense. As we surf the web (do people say that still?), we can be given the passive ability to discover interesting and possibly deceiving bits of information about the articles we read, and the stories we share.

We can think of this app as our tour guide. While the main attractions hold our attention, our guide can provide background information on what we’re seeing that would be difficult to discover otherwise.

And with that, I am excited to introduce the first working version of the Browser Buddy below. Give it a try, and let me know if/when you discover things that do or don’t work very well, and if you have any suggestions on how it might be used or modified going forward. I have used the same scoring system as before (red flags, orange flags, and yellow flags, in order from most to least severe).

All feedback is welcome by e-mail.

Sample articles:

Ottawa Citizen - Snowplow Operator

Reuters - Nutella Insight

Empire Herald - Clinton Campaign Paid Beyonce and Jay Z

CBC - Kevin O’Leary

Mercola - Capsaicin Chili Peppers

Washington Post - Interview With Snopes Editor

Infowars - Pivotal Week in American History

Tomthought - Ramblings of a Computer Scientist

The Onion - 2 Year Old Unaware