Bloggers can now quickly see what others think of them through Google’s Blogger Web Comments for Firefox
Blogger Web Comments for Firefox is an extension that makes it easy to see what bloggers are saying about a page you’re viewing in Firefox. You’ve probably seen this functionality in one form or another (e.g. StumbleUpon) but the difference here is how simple and straightforward it works for the typical user. Bloggers would be interested to use this as an alternative feedback mechanism on their blog to see what others think of them. The results do come from the Google Blog Search engine, though I wish it used Technorati which seems to do a better job using trackbacks. Interestingly, Steve Rubel was quick to demonstrate how splogs continue to clutter Google’s results as seen in the blog comments for Dell’s homepage. Overall, I’d rate this Firefox extension as having a disruptive potential as an awareness application for businesses.
Google Safe Browsing is an extension to Firefox that alerts you if a web page that you visit appears to be asking for your personal or financial information under false pretences. In other words, it notifies you when you’re on a potential phishing site. It’s pretty useful and intuitive until you realize that you cannot install the extension if you don’t live in the United States. Fortunately for us, Amit Agarwal shows us how to install it from wherever you are.
Note to Google Firefox team: I’d stagger the releases over time just to create more focus and impact on each Firefox extension.