Consuming Blog Posts at 800 WPM

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Spritz - Read FasterThe average person reads at 250-300 WPM, but I’ve discovered a way to read blog posts and other online content up to 3x faster.

I saw a post about Spritz, which has spent 3 years developing the technology that eliminates eye movement when reading and… well, read it here.

How do I use Spritz? The OpenSpritz Bookmarklet! Get this bookmarklet installed in your browser toolbar, and the text on the page is automatically selected and streamed to you. Now I usually read posts at 750 or 800 WPM, instead of just Boomeranging them to read later. For example, I read this post in 3 minutes.

The bookmarklet isn’t perfect: there’s no pause button. And sometimes you get jQuery conflicts. And you can’t Spritz a page twice without reloading it. But it’s a great start. Oh, and the author made the initial version in 15 minutes. It took me longer to write this blog post.

Because of this, I’m sharing a lot more on my Twitter account, because I can read a lot more.

Thanks to Kevin, Greg and Ray for the inspiration to look for a Spritz solution that can be used in blog posts! I can’t wait for Spritz to be integrated with my Kindle.

  • Kevin
    Posted March 11, 2014 5:02 pm 0Likes

    Yeah, I need to investigate this myself. I have a lot of information to consume right now,and speed aids would be a tremendous asset.

  • Kush A.
    Posted March 13, 2014 5:52 pm 0Likes

    “I can’t wait for Spritz to be integrated with my Kindle.” – ditto! When that day arrives I’ll finally buy a Kindle and pay for the software, might even cancel the audible subscription 😀

    Thanks for the tip Eric.

  • Rich Jones
    Posted March 14, 2014 2:57 pm 0Likes

    Thanks for writing about OpenSpritz on your blog!

    With the new OpenSpritz 1.1, we’ve added a pause button and fixed the jQuery conflicts so it should work on more sites. 1.2 will come out soon with even more features and fixes!

  • Joe Zepernick
    Posted March 21, 2014 11:03 am 0Likes

    That looks pretty cool. Watched the video of the traditional read and watching the eyeball scan left to right made me tired just looking at it lol.. Would be a pretty neat technology to try. Anything to read more efficiently would be well worth it.

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