Share Your Web Browser With Strangers Using We See In Every Direction

we see in every direction logo   Share Your Web Browser With Strangers Using We See In Every DirectionImagine having to share your Web browser with other people. I don’t mean sharing in the sense of one person using the browser at a time, much like a family uses a computer now, but sharing in the sense of everyone trying to browse the Web at the same time.

Thankfully this isn’t something we have to put up with, and we can all enjoy browsing the Web alone and with no one else trying to dictate the sites we visit. MakeUseOf recommends websites you should visit, but we don’t then hover over your shoulder making sure you do as we say.

This is all a rather long-winded way of introducing the notion of collaborative Web browsing. Which has been made possible by the We See In Every Direction Web browser created by Jonas Lund. We See In Every Direction offers a unique opportunity to share the Web with others in real-time, as you battle with strangers to experience the Web in the way you see fit.

We See In Every Direction

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We See In Every Direction is a Web browser available to download for free for Windows (XP or higher), Mac OS X (10.7.5 or higher), and Linux. It was created by Jonas Lund, a Swedish artist who is far from traditional. He works across a whole range of different media, and focuses on shared online experiences. We See In Every Direction is his latest project (at the time of writing), and one which clearly explores how we interact with each other on the Internet.

You can download We See In Every Direction from the download page on Rhizome. Once the download is complete you then need to unzip the folder and explore the contents. Simply click on the WeSee application to launch the browser in a small window. You’ll immediately be browsing the Web with up to seven other people.

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The browser originally allowed higher numbers of people to operate in each browsing window, but Lund limited the number to eight to make the whole experience more enjoyable. Having used the browser both before and after this restriction was instituted, I can confirm this was a good call to make. With 20 people in a room We See In Every Direction was almost unusable, but with a handful of people it’s a truly fascinating experience.

What To Expect

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We See In Every Direction is a barebones browser only fit for one purpose: collaborative Web browsing. This means that you simply get an address bar and a viewing window, with no options to download or install programs, watch videos, or otherwise do anything that would turn this from a fun experiment into a nightmare full of malware and mistrust. It takes Web browsing back to basics.

You and everybody else browsing alongside you are represented by nothing more than a cursor. You can move yours around in the normal fashion, clicking on visible links at will. You can also type anything into text boxes, whether it be the address bar, search engine, or whatever. This allows those present to have conversations, or at least attempt to do so. You are, of course, reliant on no one else typing at the same time as yourself, or navigating away from the current page.

Things To See

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If your experience of using We See In Every Direction is anything like mine then you can expect to see the following (all of which are shown in the screenshots spread liberally throughout this article):

  • Google error messages as people conflict on what domains they want to visit.
  • People trying to download software such as Omegle.
  • Local websites individuals clearly visit on a regular basis.
  • Personal websites (likely) belonging to someone browsing with you.
  • Websites using a language other than English.
  • Completely random websites stumbled upon by overzealous link clicking.
  • People commenting or having conversations in text boxes.
  • Non-stop Nyan Cat! OK, perhaps that was just me.

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An Experience

Using We See In Every Direction is a fascinating experience, revealing how different people use the Web. It also shows up opposing mindsets, with some people deciding to play nice and take it in turns choosing which site to hit next, while other people use it as an excuse to troll, spam, or otherwise annoy their fellow users. Suffice to say you should expect to at least catch a glimpse of pornography while using We See In Every Direction.

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If you’re interested in experiencing collaborative Web browsing then you should download We See In Every Direction while you can, as there is no guarantee it will be available for ever. Lund is an artist with multiple projects on the go at any one time, so We See In Every Direction may only be temporarily available.

Conclusions

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While We See In Every Direction is, in its current form, a fun experiment that’s definitely worth five minutes of your time, it could be so much more. By offering the option of limiting your fellow users to real friends and family, this could be a true collaborative Web browsing tool. The downside is that adding productivity would result in most of the fun being removed from equation.

Have you tried We See In Every Direction? If so, what was your experience? Did your group of (up to) seven fellow browsers behave or was there trolling involved? Did you witness adult material? Or did individuals spam you by visiting their own domain? Did you find the whole experience as fascinating as I did? And do you think there is a future in collaborative Web browsing? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.

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Joel Lee

I gave it a go when the link was shared across MUO staffers and I had a bit of fun with it. The funniest part was when the browser sat on Google’s homepage for ten minutes as users typed messages to each other on the search engine box. Such an interesting experiment.

I wonder if anyone will take the idea and make something truly revolutionary with it in the coming years.

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Dave Parrack

I definitely think this is the germ of an idea that could be utilized for something truly extraordinary. This is where I wish I had programming skills rather than mere writing skills!

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Quolony

We think it’s possible to have the right combination of productivity, fun, control of your privacy and serendipity.
That’s what we have tried to achieved in Quolony. With our free browser extension you can interact with the people in the same web page you are, join your friends anywhere in the web, browse together, and do things online in real time.

You can check it at https://quolony.com

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Dave Parrack

Thanks. Will check it out :)

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Suleiman Orotta

It was fun and yes we chatted on Google search space and even on address bar lol. The two negative things that I noticed are that some people go to porn sites regardless what others think about it and some people would make the address bar unavailable for others to write on , therefore controlling everything.

The real fun part is that when u do nothing while others rush to bring u different websites. The cursors look like mosquitoes going here and there lol

Thanks for sharing, I had fun.

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Dave Parrack

Having fun was definitely the point of this little experiment. Thanks for sharing your experience :)