My Internet Color


An experiment in quantified self, browsing history, and color data.

Statement

Is there a correlation of our Internet browsing habits and the average color of a web page? Are there visual trends we partake throughout the day? What do we ultimately look at online?

Explanation

After the WhatColor.IsTheInter.net/? piece, I became curious in my browsing habits and wanted to partake on a visual representation of my daily browsing history. More surprising for me is not the daily visual imagery that is created from the project, but the quantity of pages I view daily. Although our generation skims more than reads, it was that I was averaging over 300 pages daily — quite a lot of clicks and scanning of information!

Following a similar process used for WhatColor.IsTheInter.net/?, I created a small app that is run locally on my laptop. A listener script waits for connections from a Chrome browser extension that updates the database with the latest pages I have visited. This extension also shows me the current day's average color and stats in the toolbar. A process job then goes through the queue, loads the page I visited, snapshots it, and determines the average pixel color. This information is then saved back into the database. At the end of each night, another script generated a SVG image of the day's browsing history, which is then posted manually to Instagram and shared among other social networks.

This project, a work in progress, is evolving from a personal capture of information. Perhaps this will become an interactive piece accessible and useable by many others, however until then, you can continue to view the latest images on my Instagram.