thinkContext is a web browser extension which adds contextually relevant, politically progressive information to your web browsing.
Want to avoid supporting businesses that advertise on Rush Limbaugh's radio show? How about finding out if workers at that hotel you are about book are unionized? Do you want progressive commentary on the mainstream news you read? thinkContext puts this information at your finger tips into the web browsing you already do.
Interested? Read on for features and screenshots or go ahead and install it by clicking the link for your web browser on the left.
Progressive News Trackback - Reading mainstream news but want to find out what progressive voices are saying about that topic? thinkContext scans over 50 progressive news sources looking for links to mainstream news articles on hundreds of sites, like the New York Times, Youtube, MSNBC. When it finds one it lets you know right on the site with this icon
Union Hotels - Searching for a hotel but want to know if its worker friendly? thinkContext has data on over 900 hotels from the Union Hotel Guide put out by UNITE HERE. When you are searching Google for a hotel it will let you know if the hotel is union friendly. If there's a labor conflict and the union is calling for a boycott thinkContext will let you know so you can avoid it.
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Highlighting Green Businesses - Want green friendly websites to stand out from the pack? Websites that are listed in the Green Pages published by Green America will be flagged when appearing in your search engine results.
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Rush Limbaugh Advertisers - Want to boycott businesses that advertise on Rush Limbaugh's radio show? Using the database compiled by the StopRush.net site search results will be flagged with a icon.
- How does thinkContext work?
thinkContext is a web browser extension. As you browse the web it checks to see if any of the sites you are viewing match any of its predetermined rules. If so it consults data it has downloaded and displays anything related to what you are viewing.
The software periodically checks a central server for data updates and stores it on your computer. By storing a copy locally on your computer the software is able to respond very quickly while you are viewing your web page.
- Why isn't thinkContext available for my smartphone / tablet?
Unfortunately, neither of the default web browsers shipped with iOS or Android support extensions. Firefox for Android does support them and we will likely support this in the near future.
- Is thinkContext an app?
No, its an extension (also called an addon). An app requires you to change your behavior to make use of its information. An extension adds information into actions you already perform, so you don't have to change your behavior to get the information.
- Why isn't thinkContext available for Internet Explorer (IE)?
We'd like to support IE however don't have the time and resources to do so at the present time. Extension development for IE is significantly different from the other web browsers we do support, so much of the work we have done could not be reused.
- What sites provide the source links for Progressive Trackback?
- What links will Progressive Trackback be available for?
Hundreds of mainstream sites, predominantly news sites but also including government and educational ones. These include general sites like nytimes.com, huffingtonpost.com, foxnews.com, and youtube.com, as well as local ones like miamiherald.com and daytondailynews.com, to topic specific engadget.com, economist.com and gaycitynews.com.
- How do I get in touch with you?
contact .at. thinkcontext period org or on Twitter @thinkcontext
thinkContext will not collect personal information without your express permission. We may collect metrics on your use of the software to be compiled in aggregate. Routine IP address information collected by your use of our website will be removed after approximately one month.