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Posted by andreseg
Oct 15, 2021 at 12:00 AM

 

Hi everyone,

Found this blog recently and enjoying reading the discussion.

Wanted to share a new extension that we had as a shower thought and ended up building out.

Essentially it’s an always on search bar that helps you select any links with your keyboard. It works on a bunch of websites, and is open source, so if you stumble on link on some website that doesn’t selected properly, you can always improve it!

Let us know what you think: https://yip-yip.com

Inspired by Avatar the Last Airbender)

 


Posted by Larry_in_Bangkok
Oct 15, 2021 at 11:57 AM

 

I just installed Yip-Yip into my browser (Vivaldi).
But I almost didn’t.
Why not?

The web site looks designed by a teenage girl to impress her friends, “Ohhh!  How cute!”
Lots of cartoons with no substance, plus the obligatory photo of a brown skin female, the obligatory image of someone in a wheel chair, and the obligatory group of people with multi-colored skins.
So, at first glance my impression was, “This is not a serious product.”

But I am a serious keyboarder.
Started using computers back when there were no such things as mouses.
So I started reading the web site for Yip-Yip.

Again, almost gave up and closed that tab.
The description reads like a script for “Home Shopping Network”,
“It slices!!  It dices!!  It chops!!  It cleans up after itself.!!  All for only $49.95 !!!
Don’t believe me?
Here’s an actual quote from the web site: “Fly through your work as if you had a flying bison to help.”

Flying bison ???

Very silly, but anything that helps me keep my fingers on the keys attracts me.
So I installed.

The install procedure required entering an email.
Why?
No logical reason comes to mind.
Of course I used a masked email alias which is easy to delete.
Could have used a totally fake email address.

Now I want to say something nice about Yip-Yip:
Loading the extension was quick and smooth.
And a short video demo popped up right away after the install to be helpful.
It was confusing, but short.

All for what?
Unless I missed something, Yip-Yip only works within one tab in one browser window.
Can not switch between browser tabs or between browser windows.
Ah, no thanks.

Yip-Yip is a clever idea.
Simple and easy to use.
For working in ONE TAB for a long time – such as someone who spends many hours in email – and who prefers to type rather than mouse around, then, yes, worth a look.

But beyond that limited scope, nope.

And that silly web site will discourage serious users before they even look at the extension.

 

 


Posted by Alexander Deliyannis
Oct 15, 2021 at 02:57 PM

 

Just a quick note to say that YipYip is made by the Comake team, developers of KnowledgeOS which was recently discussed here.

I’ve installed KnowledgeOS on my main browser and have found it a very useful piece of software, easy to integrate in my workflow. I’ll write more about it in the dedicated thread.

I received yesterday a heads-up about YipYip and am eager to try it out. I like Comake’s approach to improving productivity through handy tools.


andreseg wrote:
>Essentially it’s an always on search bar that helps you select any links
>with your keyboard. It works on a bunch of websites, and is open source,
>so if you stumble on link on some website that doesn’t selected
>properly, you can always improve it!

 


Posted by tightbeam
Oct 16, 2021 at 11:18 AM

 

I suppose to each his own, but I thought the website was quite nice, not too cluttered, and completely lacking any “teenage girl” vibe.

As for “flying bison”: perhaps an apt descriptor as they *are* surprisingly fast despite their girth.

 


Posted by andreseg
Oct 16, 2021 at 07:39 PM

 

Hi Larry, thanks for the reply. Really appreciate the candid feedback.

We’re sorry you don’t like the website or the brand. It’s an homage to Avatar the last Airbender - when anytime the main character in that show wants to go somewhere he says YipYip: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UiqBt372ESk. The idea of YipYip is the same. Type where you want to go, or once we introduce voice recognition, users will be able to say “YipYip [something you see on the screen]” and the extension will help you select that link. (more on voice recognition below)

“It slices!!  It dices!!  It chops!!  It cleans up after itself.!!  All for only $49.95 !!! <<< YipYip is free and doesn't track you.

"The install procedure required entering an email." <<< When you input your email it explains that we only use the email to send you tips and updates with regards to YipYip and KnowledgeOS, as well as to understand how many users are actively using the extension. There's no other reason. If you don't want the emails, there's an unsubscribe button that will prevent you from getting any future tips / update emails.

"And a short video demo popped up right away after the install to be helpful. It was confusing, but short." <<< Thanks! Is there anything we can do to make this video or onboarding less confusing?

"Unless I missed something, Yip-Yip only works within one tab in one browser window. Can not switch between browser tabs or between browser windows." <<< YipYip! is a simple extension that helps you navigate any links on any page. It works across all your tabs and all your browser windows. It's not meant to help you switch tabs or browser windows. KnowledgeOS, however does do that.

"And that silly web site will discourage serious users before they even look at the extension." <<< Noted. As you said, the extension is simple and we didn't want to overcomplicate the webpage or pretend that this is something more than it is. It's just meant to help you navigate links on any webpage you visit, in any tab/window, without a mouse. We thought a playful tone would be welcome here, but it seems to have alienated you. What would you prefer to see?

"Lots of cartoons with no substance, plus the obligatory photo of a brown skin female, the obligatory image of someone in a wheel chair, and the obligatory group of people with multi-colored skins." <<< We just used stock photos to get this out quickly and see what people thought and didn't pay any particular attention to the skin color of the characters. The wheel chair image is alluding to serious aspiration of ours. If you follow through on the learn more link next to the wheelchair image (https://www.w3.org/WAI/perspective-videos/voice/) you can see how YipYip is trying to solve a problem that is listed on w3.org. A lot of websites fail to properly set up accessibility configurations that enable voice recognition. We intend to improve YipYip with speech-to-text so that someone with a broken arm, or that otherwise struggles to use a mouse, can access navigate a webpage without a mouse.

If you have any other feedback, please let us know! We’re here to try to improve and welcome all critiques.

Thanks!

 


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