[eroft final] Tabomancy 2.0

For my final, I worked on improving my tabomancy Chrome extension that would give you a daily fortune based on how many tabs you have opened.

I didn’t quite get it to work perfectly, and there’s a lot more that could be done with the writing as well. But the main change I made, technically, was for the fortune to show up every time you created a new tab in your browser, rather than having to click on the little extension icon. You only get one fortune a day, and when your fortune isn’t “ready” yet, it shows you the image above. It now calculates your fortune after you have opened 6 new tabs (and it doesn’t matter if you open them all in a row, or if you closed some, or how much time has passed between opening them). At that moment, it counts how many tabs you have opened and give you your fortune.

I think this definitely makes it a little more interesting than how I had it last time. Previously, you just had to click on the little extension icon at the top of your Chrome. But now the fortune happens at a somewhat random moment, so it feels less in the control of the person who is getting their fortune read. So that makes is (slightly) less game-able, which may mean that it’s a more “natural” reading.

There would definitely be a lot more technical and conceptual work to be done for this project to be really good, or to be a Chrome extension that might be good enough for someone to actually want to use. It doesn’t take into consideration people’s different tab habits, and the logic is really simplistic (less tabs = good, more tabs = bad). I haven’t quite figured out if that’s a good thing or a bad thing.


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