Shitemove is a Browser Extension That Adds Some Truthfulness to Estate Agent Listings

By Tom Pritchard on at

The majority of you probably live in some sort of accommodation without your parents, which means you had to deal with letting agencies or estate agents. And their adverts' tenuous relationship with the exact truth. Well now there's a browser extension that makes those ads a little more realistic.

It's called Shitemove, and it's available for Chrome and Firefox. It takes all those usual estate agent clichés and half truths, and translating them to something a little bit more believable. So that 'stunning' and 'stylish' flat is now described as 'passable' and 'tacky'. 'Fantastic location' becomes 'alright location' and so on.

It's pretty basic, changing individual words rather than focusing on all ads - though I'm pretty sure you'd need some sort of ever-evolving AI to translate entire ads. Sadly that means it can't detect when that 'studio flat' is really just an en-suite bedroom with a microwave and washing machine in the bathroom. That's not an exaggeration either. I saw an advert for a so-called studio that was literally an en-suite bedroom with a microwave and washing machine in the bathroom.

Talk about depressing.

Shitemove has a number of well known housing sites added when you install it, including the likes of Zoopla and Rightmove. You can add any other website into a big long list (even if it's nothing to do with house listings), or tick the box to turn it on all the time "for maximum bleakness". It even works on Giz:

It's a cynical way of looking at the world, but looking for somewhere new to live is a pretty bleak experience. You might as well get a realistic view of everything.

Shitemove is available to install now on Chrome and Firefox, and you can read more about it on the official website. Its creator also happens to be sometimes Giz UK contributor Liam Butler, whose antics you can follow on Facebook and Twitter.

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