Archive for the ‘browser’ Category

Twitter Bookmarklets: Send and Favorite Tweets

Tuesday, December 22nd, 2009

I’ve created two new bookmarklets to help you send and favorite pages to Twitter without ever leaving the page you’re on. I built them because they fit how I like to use Twitter and I’d like to share them with you as you may have similar tastes.

There are two things that have always frustrated me when publishing to Twitter.

  1. If a page doesn’t have a share or Tweet button on it, there’s a series of steps you need to take to share the page on Twitter. Although it isn’t very time consuming, it’s more work than it should be.
  2. I like to favorite a lot of pages so I can reference or share them in the future. Favoriting a page on Twitter is difficult if you didn’t find it from another Tweet. delicious is great for this (and I do use it http://delicious.com/cwills) but I like to have my favorites available in Twitter so they’re easier to share. I also don’t like having them spread out all over place (Twitter, delicious, Google Reader, etc.). Storing all of my favorites in Twitter helps me narrow this down to 2 places.

To use these two bookmarklets all you have to do is the following:

  • Firefox: Go to View -> Toolbars -> Bookmarks Toolbar. Drag the link to the toolbar.
  • Internet Explore: Right click on the link and save it as a favorite
  • Safari: View -> Show bookmarks bar. Drag the link to the toolbar

That’s it. Just click on the favorite or bookmark in your browser to use them.

There are 2 different bookmarklets. One for favoriting a page to Twitter and one for posting a tweet. When you favorite a page using Fav-to-Twitter, a tweet is sent from your account and that tweet is also favorited in Twitter.

Please add your comments below with your feedback. Additional features will be coming soon.

Google Chrome JavaScript Blazing Fast

Tuesday, September 2nd, 2008

I’ve just started using Google Chrome but I’m really impressed by how fast it runs JavaScript. I haven’t done an formal testing but loading the same page in both Firefox and Chrome results in a noticeable difference in the load time for content transferred from the Marketing for Mavens database.

Google Chrome: Browser Wars 2008

Tuesday, September 2nd, 2008

The browser war continues to heat up with Google jumping in in a big way. I suspect that we’ll see some market share taken from both Mozilla and Microsoft with Microsoft having the most to fear. Google has much better brand recognition with the late adopter crowd then Mozilla does.

I’m really looking forward to giving Chrome a try. I enjoy Firefox but 3.x has been a little buggy and there is always room for competition. The good news is that the current browser wars focus on standards so it doesn’t effect web developers as much as it use to. Back in the Netscape and IE 4 days, that was a real nightmare.

One area that Chrome is focusing on is JavaScript speed. This is what I find most intriguing as it’s no secret that Marketing for Mavens relies heavily on JavaScript. The faster the JavaScript speed, the quicker we can retrieve your content from the database and display it in your web pages. This is something I’ll be testing as soon as I can get my hands on the download which will hopefully be later today.

Firefox 3.0: So far, I'm Impressed

Tuesday, June 17th, 2008

Well the Firefox 3.0 launch time came and went but it now appears ready for download. I’ve been using 3.0 release candidates for the past few weeks without a problem so I took the plunge and downloaded the new release. So far, it’s been a pleasure to use. Most of my add-ons were available and the speed difference on the Mac is great. I also really appreciate that the Firefox team took the time to make Firefox now feel like an official Mac application. Simple and beautiful. If you’re interested in the latest version of Firefox, download it now, and be part of what Mozilla hopes will be a record breaking event.