See Your Entire Browser History in a (Somewhat Terrifying) Favicon Grid

By Jordan Kushins on at

This is what a life online looks like. If you're interested in seeing your very own browser history all piled up, head right on over to Iconic History; a plug-in that turns your page clicks—all of them—into an unfiltered grid of favicons.

Every URL you visit will make an appearance, sorted and stacked by when you looked them up; hovering over an individual mini-pic will reveal even more info, including specific titles and exact times you checked them out.

The data visualisation project was created by Carnegie Mellon student Shan Huang, who wanted to "dig deep" into her web activity to create a new kind of personal narration. The idea was to create a virtual "library" of sites, as a kind of nod to how many dead-tree books she would have been able to complete had she been reading instead of scrolling; pulling the favicons into it allowed her to see patterns that recalled specific life events: a long night spent doing research and homework, a shopping binge.

Interested in trying it yourself? The Chrome extension is available here. [Co.Design]