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posts during June 2009

TechCrunch: enough with the Twitter posts

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.

One Size Doesn’t Fit All

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.

How many add-ons are there?

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.

Thank you, Bandwagon team

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.