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If it finds any results -- the icon updates with an 'r','h','p', or 'G' respectively, depending on what it finds. If it finds conversations with a ton of comments - it capitalizes the letter. So "R" means that thirty or more people commented in a Reddit thread about the site you're visiting. etc. Then to view the results, just click the icon.
You can make custom searches across both communities. So type in "Elon Musk" in the combined search field to get a taste for what you can do. Enjoy! :)
Kiwi Conversation extensions will 1.) always be free and 2.) never use targeted advertising to monetize users.
[Version Note 1.2.0 - some of the search APIs were unavailable for several hours on 2015-8-16. this led to a poor user experience, so I have implemented several changes, chiefly: if a service is down - there will be a message notifying you of the network outages (which you can dismiss) -- and the rest of the results will flow in as they normally would. :) phew, thanks for hanging around. i've tested this as well as I reasonably can, but if you notice any bugs, let me know at @spencenow on the twitters, thanks again! ]
[Version Note 1.1.4 to existing users: the extension now has the option to also check for Product Hunt submissions! (You won't be opted-in automatically if you had it installed before 2015-8-14).]
Kiwi uses 3rd party APIs to provide conversations while you surf.
You can set the Research mode to "Off" by default and check URLs on a case-by-case basis (and still be able to do custom searches). Admittedly, it takes some of the serendipity out of it, but this prevent Kiwi from automatically performing searches as you surf.
[Version 1.0.5 Note:: Kiwi Conversations now has Research Mode 'off' by default and has a Whitelist feature that lets certain sites (e.g., news sites, blogs, etc.) be automatically checked. You can also just toggle Research Mode 'on' and every URL will be auto-searched.]
(More technical): Kiwi doesn't cache any personal info in localStorage or sync storage (which at least Chrome does not encrypt :< ). The api results are stored in a local variable within the scope of the extension. And the "history" is a hashed and padded blob.