If mindlessly browsing the internet is your preferred way to
combat boredom and waste time, the indie app makers behind to-do
list app Clear and game Heads Up have a new product you’ll want to
try: Web Roulette, a mobile web browser app for iOS built for
the short attention spans of the TikTok era. With the debut
version out now, you can add your favorite websites or choose from
its suggestions, then swipe through the sites to see what’s new or
shake the app for a surprise webpage when boredom strikes.
The team says the idea initially struck them as something of a
joke. But they soon realized the idea of a ‘swipeable,’ shakable
web browser that delivered our daily hits of dopamine may actually
“I mean, this is actually how I spend much of my time browsing the
web — I bounce back and forth mindlessly and semi-randomly
between my favorite sites, hoping for something fresh. Maybe
there’s something here?,” explains Impending founder and designer
I’ve been beta testing Web Roulette for a week or two and it’s just plain dumb fun. In the early days of the App Store (and before that, the early days of the web), it was common for people to come up with a dumb fun idea that could be made in a week or two. Web Roulette exemplifies that ethos. It’s not useful, per se, but it’s not useless either. But it’s mainly just fun. I’m so glad to see that coming back.