New website aims to beat lockdown boredom

Jack Kennedy at home in Wicklow town

Wicklow People

A student from Wicklow town has built and programmed a website to help people cope with boredom during Covid-19 lockdown.

The website created by Jack Kennedy features music, youtube videos, movies, TV shows, documentaries, articles, and Wikipedia rabbit holes that are deemed interesting and entertaining. The site also contains content that Jack prepares on a daily basis.

Jack had the site up and running within three days

He said: 'I was so bored at home and just wanted something worthwhile to read and watch. I drew up a basic plan and started working on it and had the site up and ready within three days. It's been very well received. People have been saying how the site really helped them. It's proving particularly popular in the US, more so than Ireland, but there are people from all over the world visiting. A good portion of people are making return visits as well. The site updates at midnight UTC every day with new content taken from across the web. The content is chosen by a robot and reviewed by me the day before it goes live to make sure it's high quality and safe content.'

Within three days of the site going online, it had already amassed over 25,000 visitors.

'I thought it was a good idea at the time but some of my friends weren't so keen. They didn't think anyone would visit the site but I had over 25,000 visits in the first three days. I didn't really think it would get anymore than maybe 1,000 views. It was designed as a way for people to escape the boredom of staying home during the Covid-19 pandemic,' said Jack.

He has also been receiving feedback from different visitors to the site.

'I've been getting emails every day from people. Some people have been suggesting ways to improve the site. One French guy emailed me about some code that could be fixed. I just hope people find something interesting on the site that helps them.'