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Broccoli for ToS;DR

Broccoli for ToS;DR broccoli128 (Terms of Service; Didn’t Read) is a free extension available in the Chrome App Store and GPL-forkable on Github.

Broccoli fetches the latest summaries from ToS;DR (a user rights initiative to rate and label websites’ terms of service & privacy policies).
Broccoli displays these summaries one point at a time, so you can digest the meaning of these agreements at your own pace (there’s also a list-view for a succinct overview).


  • Nicely formatted, point-by-point descriptions (along with metadata).
  • Option to review a service’s points (Is this fair? yes or no) (and download/export or clear all of your reviews).
  • A succinct list-view that provides a quick-look for all points of a website.
  • If a point is updated by TOS;DR, Broccoli will return it to ‘un-reviewed’ status.
  • Draws information from one of the best sources of summarized terms of service and privacy policies on the net.

“Broccoli” is kind of like terms of service: avoided at all costs, but good for you. ;)

Screenshot #1: Single points are displayed in the extension trey; log your opinions for future reference (your opinions are for your use only):
Screen Shot 2015-05-18 at 11.25.01 AM

Screenshot #2: The list view shows an overview of summarized points and your opinions of fairness:
List view

My motivation for making Broccoli was two-fold:

1. By focusing on specific terms (as opposed entire, complex documents) we can more easily share our grievances or praise about a service & spark conversation.
2. Let’s help people form their own opinions about terms.

Get involved with ToS;DR! Here you can update or contribute terms of service summaries. You can also help develop the ToS;DR service. For questions about Broccoli the extension – check out Github repo or tweet to @spencenow

A walk through:

WalkBack for TweetDeck

[ — Disclaimer — this is just a simple extension for habitual users of TweetDeck. It’s not polished or fancy, and I don’t plan on investing much if any time on it moving forward (unless users reach out to me). My my current focus is on more my more recent extensions: Kiwi Conversations and Broccoli for ToS;DR. ]

WalkBack for TweetDeck fixpunk-faded is a free extension available in the Chrome App Store.  Its sole purpose is to allow for faster consumption of tweets from TweetDeck columns.  Users can scroll six columns of Tweetdeck simultaneously – giving an entirely new page of content at the press of a button.

I have found it very useful when I first log on for the day, as it allows me to walk back in time and get a recap of what people were saying (thus the name, WalkBack).  Its privileges are limited to TweetDeck.

You can find the free extension at this link.

For those who have not started using TweetDeck, all it takes is a Twitter account:

For fans of technology or internet policy, I suggest these public lists as potential columns:

From the Download page:

This free extension allows for quicker consumption of tweets.

** Super minimalist interface -- no visual alterations to TweetDeck just new hotkeys **

WalkBack let's TweetDeck users scroll many columns simultaneously by pressing hotkeys.  

Scrolls will be one page length, so a "pageUp" or "pageDown" - revealing all new content.

This makes for a super quick way to consume a lot of information! 

Pressing 'i' will "pageDown" the first six columns to reflect new content.
Pressing 'u' will "pageUp" the columns.
Pressing 'o' returns columns to top.
Pressing 'y' returns columns to previous position

The window must be in focus for key bindings to work.
WalkBack for TweetDeck only uses hotkeys ('i','u','o', and 'y'); therefore, there is no additional overlays.  Powerful yet simple!  :)
WalkBack for TweetDeck only uses hotkeys (‘i’,’u’,’o’, and ‘y’); therefore, there is no additional overlays. Powerful yet simple! :)

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