I like Twitter. I really do. I like TechCrunch too, and have been subscribing to their posts for years now. But I can’t stand the barrage of Twitter-related posts over the last few months. I decided to take a look at how many posts per day over the last 3 months have been related to Twitter using this handy CrunchBase page. My findings are below:

Graph of TechCrunch Twitter posts per day

There are many blogs out there that are dedicated to covering one service. They usually make that pretty clear in their name. But I think it’s ridiculous for TechCrunch to have 8 posts in a single day related to Twitter (as they did yesterday) and to have only 2-3 days per month where they DON’T talk about Twitter. Twitter being down is not news. Twitter disabling search for a few hours is not news.

I was satisfied just leaving a short comment to this effect on the latest Twitter post, but after doing the brief post count research above and realizing how long I’ve tolerated this for, I’m no longer a TechCrunch reader. If they ever reduce the number of Twitter posts or perhaps split the mind-numbing posts off into TweetCrunch, I’ll be glad to hit the subscribe button again.

And like I said: I actually like Twitter. It’s gotta suck even more for the people that don’t care for Twitter.

Today I went to Internet Explorer’s website to “get the facts” on why I should upgrade my “old Firefox” to IE8, when I came across this gem on the MythBusting page:

Internet Explorer 8 has much more functionality than other browsers, and its functionality is there from the moment you open the browser. Internet Explorer 8 offers almost all of the features the most popular add-ons in Firefox have, and you’re able to personalize your browser in a way that saves you time and research.

As someone whose job is working with Firefox Add-ons every single day, you can imagine my shock when I learned that IE has almost all of the features of our top add-ons built right in! I did some research trying to figure out how this could have happened, and realized that, like much of the “Get the Facts” section, it is completely untrue.

It’s a question I’m asked fairly often, and my response is usually “it depends”. addons.mozilla.org (AMO) is a pretty complex system, so answering a simple question like “how many add-ons are there?” isn’t so easy when you consider that there are 7 types of add-ons, different status levels, and several supported applications. And of course, not all add-ons are hosted on AMO. My answer to that question to someone looking for consumer-friendly Thunderbird add-ons would differ by thousands from my answer to a web developer who wants to extend Firefox to its fullest.

A few weeks ago I had the idea of a self-service chart that I could point people to when they ask me this question, and here it is.

Bandwagon Team patch on bag
Last night we released AMO 5.0.6, which introduced collections, a new homepage, and a new design for the site. This was a huge project that first started about a year ago with the idea of add-on “feeds” and a codename of Project Bandwagon.

It’s incredibly exciting to see people actually calling collections “fun”, and making over 3000 in less than 24 hours since the feature was launched.