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You Rainbowing Unicorn! Make Mean Comments Pretty With This Plug-in

A browser extension turns angry trolls into glittering fairies.

You Rainbowing Unicorn! Make Mean Comments Pretty With This Plug-in
image: flickr user Rob Boudon

Tired of scrolling through streams of Internet abuse from, say, gun advocates or unhinged boy-band fans? V-Hab, a British energy drink company (isn’t that where you get all your good apps?) has unveiled a “comment converter” browser extension that scrolls for abusive or angry words and replaces them with kinder terms like LOVE, GLITTERING, or CUPCAKE.

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The web button, available for Chrome or Safari, was inspired by a current social media kerfuffle, wherein mobs of enthusiastic fans of the boy band One Direction are taking to Twitter to protest British GQ‘s cover story about the band. Like, death-threat-level protests.

The Comment Converter joins a slew of other life-improving browser extensions and apps like this one that removes babies from your news feed, or this one that clears away all the numbers from Facebook. It’s certainly less time-consuming (and dangerous) than confronting trolls directly. As everyone knows, those GLITTERING CUPCAKES can be total RAINBOWS.

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About the author

Anya Kamenetz is the author of Generation Debt (Riverhead, 2006) and DIY U: Edupunks, Edupreneurs, and the Coming Transformation of Higher Education, (Chelsea Green, 2010). Her 2011 ebook The Edupunks’ Guide was funded by the Gates Foundation

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