Chrome extension which allows you to right click on selected text and search on multiple sites at the same time.

Sunday, August 7, 2011

stats: 6/6 to 8/6

Second month, more than 500 installs between Google's web store and chromeextensions.org, and for almost 20.000 times my extension was initialized, it was used 2.821 times (total amount of search clicks)... it means 14.2% usage... I'm still not sure if that's good or not, but it's still 1.2% more than last month :D

Anyhow, as of yesterday you can prevent the extension from tracking this info, but for those who still won't block this feature, here's the top 30 sites more used on searches with my extension.

Still, youtube.com on top of the list... I wonder why, really... It never crossed my mind to use this extension for that... but well.. it's interesting to know... I wonder if there's anything I might add to the extension that would help search for videos... We'll see.

6/6 to 8/6 stats

I'm probably going to have to clean up some of these URLs next time, for example, have several instances of Google (like google.com.uy or google.ru) which should all sum for google.com, right? The same might apply for it.wikipedia.org and en.wikipedia.org
I probably won't be doing that for the likes of translate.google.com or other specific subdomains, though...

It seems there's little I can do to make these changes automatically... I created this macro in Excel, which I'm not proud of, to clean up the data from Google Analytics into this HTML table that I pasted above... I'll probably add some find and replace to it, for these cases.

Have fun.


  1. Hi Diego!
    I use your excellent extension:)
    Reading this blog, a question came to my mind: I see "rutracker.org" in most used 30 sites. But I don't know how I can add this site to extension since there is no URL generated with TEXTSEARCH at rutracker.org. Could you explain how I can add it to extension? Thanks

  2. Hi ramazan,
    thanks for writing and glad you like it! :)
    As far as I can see, Rutracker is being used like this: http://rutracker.org/forum/tracker.php?max=1&nm=%s
    Can't tell if this works or not (don't have a user there)... please, do let me know if it does, so I'll add it to the featured search engines, and we'll make it easier on the next user that needs it. What's the site for, btw?

    Have fun :)

  3. Hi Diego,

    Thanks for answer. Yes, the link you wrote really works:) Thanks again! Btw, rutracker.org is one of the biggest torrent site on internet. It really huge, you can find music, movie, books, photo,... almost anything:) Unfortunately it's only Russian. I don't speak Russian but with a little google translate help, I registered and learned around site. I am sure this site will be useful for your extension's clicks:)

  4. Thanks for this. I was planning to write such an extension but since you did it :) A suggestion though: when Simple opens a new tab (tab 2), this tab should open next to the current tab (tab 1) and when you close tab 2, you should automatically go back to tab 1. You can browse faster this way. And this is the default behavior for the 'Search *Google* for ...' item in Google Chrome context menu. And this way I will be able to use Lazy Azz in combo with Simple.

    chrome.tabs.getSelected(null, function(tab) {
    chrome.tabs.create({url:URL, index:tab.index+1});
    });//for the first part of my suggestion...

    1. Hey Damien,
      I published today an update... it still doesn't do everything you wanted, but you might like that you can now control where you want your new tabs to open.
      Thanks for the suggestion!

  5. Hi Damien,

    thanks for your comment and bit of code... just implemented it on my dev version and works perfectly. Will look into how to get back to your previous opened tab when the new one closes... as I tested it now, it doesn't work the way you described it...
    I'll publish an update version soon :)


  6. Well, the first simple way to solve this was to not add a +1 to the tab.index value... my new tab will open before the current one, and when you close it, you'll get back to the next tab, which is the one from where you started...
    it's not pretty, but does the trick... i'll try and figure out how the Search in Google does the trick, though :P

  7. Hello, i was wondering if there was possibility to have a magic button under the extension options that would add those search engines after Search Google for''.
    I understand why they are under separate group, but i'm way too lazy to go one level deeper in context menu :)
    I hope you can make my searching even more simpler :)

  8. Hi q, thanks for the comment.
    That's a nice feature to add... I already tried it -being myself way too lazy, too!-, but it seems there's a limit to what I can add as "first level items" per extension, when developing under Chrome.
    Here's what Google says -in case you're interested-:
    "You can create as many context menu items as you need, but if more than one from your extension is visible at once, Google Chrome automatically collapses them into a single parent menu."

    What i'm planning to do, is to let you choose a "default" item, so if you click on the first level of the group (where it says "search %s on...", it will search by your default search engine... only one, I know, but that's the only thing I can think of.
    I'm not sure it will be that intuitive, though... what do you think about it?

    Sorry I can't do more :) for now :D


  9. Hey Diego, thanks for reply.
    It's too bad google wont let you add more, i need just like 2 more :P
    Although, one extra would be already good and help me out a lot :)

    Waiting for update if you decide to add this :)
    Thanks :)