Web Timer is a neat Google Chrome application that keeps track of the amount of time that you spend on each website and then displays that information in a pie chart. The app displays the percentage of time you spend on each website (in the pie chart), and below shows you the actual amount of time spent on the website, and on the web in general. The app can display the time you spent on those sites that day (the automatic setting), but you can also see your average site visiting statistics, and your all time stats.

The great thing about this app is the fact that it does not log the time spent on websites that are not in focus or if they have not been used in over a minute. So, the statistics shown are not counting unused tabs or untouched webpages which makes the statistics significantly more accurate. The app also only takes up about 1/4 of an inch of your screen by your URL bar, so it is not some huge distraction.

This app can be handy if you want to figure out what websites you are wasting your time and procrastinating on and can be a good tool to help with productivity. For example, if you use your computer and the internet a lot for homework, you want your pie chart to reflect that. If you think you should be spending at least 50% of your time on Google Docs on Saturday writing an essay this app will tell you if you are, and if not, it will make you realize what websites you have been distracting yourself with. Your pie chart should not be showing 68% on Pinterest while you’re “doing research.” Ladies…

For me, this app has been just a good realization as to what sites I really spend my time on. Without this app I would have bet money I spent my time almost solely on Google, YouTube, Facebook and BuzzFeed. However, as I look at my chart based on today, BuzzFeed is just a tiny slice of pie and YouTube and Google are not even on there. I was also surprised how long I was on Wikipedia and blackboard and proud of how little I was on Facebook.

So, if you use Google Chrome, you should get this handy dandy web app here and hopefully use it to cut out some of the time you spend on time wasting sites.