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

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Other reviews on content farms

So, these guys from Softango have this review of my extension, an old version, but I'm grateful.
They rank ok on google, so better for me. I don't really mind it's an old version they are promoting, since the options page will redirect users with older versions to the official Google web-store to get the latest one.

What I don't get is how they say it's been downloaded +14k times... It's not. I'm sure about it. I would know!

Why would they be wrong about it? I know they are in only for the traffic...
Their review is not that good, they even copied some text from my description and forgot to edit it. Even that, I don't really mind...
But lying like that on the downloads.... Does not feel right...

In comparison with the guys from Softpedia, who had the decency to email me letting me know that they where promoting my extension, and that if did I want to make any comments or text edits I was welcome to... these guys from Softango need to learn how to deal with the software developers.
Of course we'll (at least me) be more than willing to cooperate with them, it's in our best interest! And we'll try and be the best content providers we can...

For any content farm, what else could they ask for?

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Domo ^.^

Ok, so I sometimes check URL referrals to my site and this one caught my eye... it seems to be a description, help and detailed information on my extension... written on Japanese! :D nice!
They even took the time to post some URLs to use on Japanese sites (I'll add them to my links list)...
The screenshot, with Japanese links on my extension, also surprised me since it's got a gazillion links!... i wonder how many links does everyone use? y only use 4 or 5 links... I might run a poll about it, maybe there's something I'm not considering when someone uses many links?

I cannot tell who posted this, so I don't have anyone in particular to say thanks... so at least, thank you GigaFree.net!

There's a few other places where the extension is mentioned... but this of course, is the coolest... cuz it's in Japanese, obviously.

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

TY Amazon! :D

Yay! I'm getting richer by the hour! Last week I got my first 0.73 USD from Amazon! 
To the one extension user that bought Been There, Should've Done That: 995 Tips for Making the Most of College and How to Study, I don't have a way to know who you are, but thank you! Feel free to comment on this post so I get to know your name, and by the way, tell us about those books... and for the looks of it, good luck studying!
Don't pay attention to my amigo Guillermo, who says (I'll roughly translate this) "Formal education will destroy your brain"... he's only partially right :D
No, seriously, thank you!! !  :D

In case you're wondering, this is related to this post.

Sunday, April 8, 2012

Support this humble extension developer

Of course, this extension is for free -I built it for me, actually-... but if you really enjoy using it, and you'd like to show your appreciation, here's a list of things that might make me happy :)
  • Show me the money: Hit the donate button at the top right of this page... and send me a few bucks!
  • Make Amazon pay me: Use any of the Amazon links featured on the options page, search stuff using my extension and buy it! If I had the links set up properly and my affiliate account is working -haven't tested it yet-, I might get a few bucks from Amazon... and it costs you zero! (Thanks to Daniel Costas for the idea :D).
  • Guerrilla advertising: Share on Twitter, post on Facebook, G+ or wherever you feel this extension might be well received.
  • More Guerrilla advertising: Now that you're reading my blog, follow it -I don't write that much- post a comment and link to any of these posts. G+ the posts you like.
  • Boost my self esteem: Rate the extension on Google's webstore, say how much you love it!

Thanks again for following is out

Hey there, a few days ago I published, which has a few code fixes and one new feature called "Search on all!" which will basically search your selection on all your configured search engines at the same time, opening a tab for each result...
I'm not sure how useful this is... is it?
I had plans to do this for a while, and a comment from Jon to my last post (thanks again!) made me remember it.
As per Jon's request, to enable some kind of "bulk search" if you select multiple lines, I'm working on it... I'll have to change the way the selection is analyzed, so far I was working with some default context menu option (selectionText), which will always return a string of text, with no break lines, so there's no way to tell if there's multiple lines on the selection.
The trick is to parse the selection as HTML (using x.Selector.getSelected()), decide which HTML tags I'll parse as line breakers, and try and iterate through the line breaks, strip the text of other HTML tags, and perform search queries per each line...
I still have a few things to figure out before I do this, such as how will all this work from an UX perspective... but it's a nice challenge.

I hope next version will include this feature...

As for this one, the only other change was on the options page. I removed the "ToDo list" since there was little there remaining... and I will be posting it here...

In its place, I included a few "suggestions" on how you could support this extension's developer (aka me), which I'll also be posting here.

Ps: if you're interested on x.Selector.getSelected(), here's my question at stack overflow and its answer (Thank you Richard)