The Fraction Manifesto: So much to read, so little time
Reading on the web has remained the same. We need new ways to tame the ever increasing information.
In the age where creating content is simple, cheap, and mostly effortless, everybody is here to get a piece of your attention. And, it's unacceptable.
In the last few years, we've created a unique problem. We're drowning in the amount of information we've produced. The Internet is bustling with content. Thousands of new articles are published every second.
We read both in excess and from the wrong sources.
“People today are in danger of drowning in information; but, because they have been taught that information is useful, they are more willing to drown than they need be. If they could handle information, they would not have to drown at all.” - Idries Shah, Author of Reflections
Junk information is getting out of hand. I have spent a good part of my life browsing and reading on the Internet. I've never been more certain of this. It's getting hard to cut through all the noise. The signal to noise ratio is getting worse.
I am fed up with it, including the bad reading experience all over the Internet. So much so that I am doing something about it. Fraction is my shot at this problem.
So what is Fraction? (pronounced as fraction /ˈfrakʃ(ə)n/)?
Fraction makes reading on the web a delight. On average, we all spend 2 hours a day reading on the web. When you do something for so long, it should make you feel more delightful, put you first, and spark joy.
My goal with Fraction is to build exactly that. Fraction will never be a source of new information. No recommendations. No top picks. No curated newsletter. I don't want to create another destination where you find new content and fall into the rabbit hole again. Along with:
Efficient & effective skimming: How to know if an article is worth reading without reading it? The solution is summarization. Fraction generates real-time summaries and highlights the important sentences directly on the webpage. So you know what to read and what to skip.
Focus mode: The web is filled with distractions and ads. Fraction turns any messy page into a clean, readable and consistent looking document with focus mode.
Saving things for later, and:
- Listen to them and create playlists.
- Send them to Kindle.
- Take, read, and search notes.
- Resurface unread and timeless articles.
- Create a collection of articles and share them.
- RSS for a blog.
- Save text snippets from webpages.
- A good full-text search.
Fraction is a first step towards a really long road.
“What information consumes is rather obvious: it consumes the attention of its recipients. Hence a wealth of information creates a poverty of attention, and a need to allocate that attention efficiently among the overabundance of information sources that might consume it.” - Herbert A. Simon, Economist
It’s time to stop taking information abuse. It's time to stop reading reactively.