You know when you’re reading something and someone is mentioned who was introduced earlier in the piece but you don’t remember who they are?
With First Mention, instead of scrolling up and down or searching in the page, just click on the name you don’t remember to see it in the original context.
Chrome, Firefox, Safari
iPhone, Android, Edge, and other browsers
You should use the browser extension above when possible, but First Mention is also available as a bookmarklet that you can use in any web browser, including on your phone.
Unlike with the browser extension, you’ll need to activate the bookmarklet once on every page before you use it, but that can still be faster than scrolling up and down or searching within the page.
To install the bookmarklet, first choose the browser you’re using:
Once you’ve installed the bookmarklet, you can select it from your browser’s bookmarks list whenever you want to use First Mention on a page. You can then click or tap on names to see them in context.
- Does First Mention tell me the first time someone was mentioned, like, ever?
- No. It shows you the first time they were mentioned on the current page, which, with any luck, explains who they are. (But if you’re curious, this was the first mention of Donald Trump in the New York Times.)
- If I’m reading a multi-page article, will First Mention show me the first occurrence if it was on a previous page?
- Not currently. I started to implement that, but then realized I couldn’t think of a site that still used multi-page articles, and not supporting it means the extension doesn’t have to extract text on every page load. If you have an example of a site where multi-page support would be useful, let me know.
- Why does Chrome warn that First Mention can “Read and change all your data on the websites you visit”?!
- That’s the standard permission an extension needs to be able to interact with the content on webpages. First Mention needs it to detect when you click a word on the page, to find the word in the page text, and to display a popup. It’s not doing anything else with your data (and the code is open source, so you can check for yourself).
Support & Feedback
Not seeing the popup when you click a name? Seeing the popup when you shouldn’t? Wrong text in the popup? Report it here and I’ll take a look:
First Mention is free and open source. The code is available on GitHub.