First Mention

A browser extension that reminds you who people are in the articles you’re reading

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.

Installation

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. More…

FAQ

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:

For other feedback, send me an email, get in touch on Twitter, or create an issue on GitHub.

License

First Mention is free and open source. The code is available on GitHub.