A couple of my colleagues at work have been weblogging about a new FireFox extension made available by the folks behind Performancing and which they seem to have been enjoying ever since it came out. I actually found out about it through Steve Rubel over at Micro Persuasion and after the good reviews mentioned over there I decided to take it for a spin, even though FireFox is not my default web browser. And my first initial reaction is nothing less than disappointment. Why ? Well, because of a number of different reasons:
I know that this extension has been created only for FireFox but to say that and prevent other web browsers to display it is just going a bit too far I would think. Oh, I tried as well in IE and it doesn’t seem to be loading either ! “Helping bloggers succeed”? Hummm, I doubt it. At least, not this way.
However, Performancing for FireFox does not even have an MetaWeblog API that you would be able to use. So if you do not have a weblog hosted with Blogger, WordPress, TypePad, LiveJournal, WordPress Custom or Moveable Type Custom, you are out of luck again, because it will not work. At least, I haven’t found a way to make it work. Anybody knows how to fix this ?
I am saying “seems” because I have yet got to test it out posting a weblog entry using that FireFox extension. Something that I will probably be doing in the next weblog entry, but so far I haven’t been that impressed overall. It is certainly a very very good attempt, pretty much like what Flock is trying to achieve, but as far as I can see and although it may work for some weblogging engines it is not as powerful as many other options available out there.
We will have to wait and see how it further develops but for the time being I will give it a try and post something here in elsua and see how it will go. One other concern I will have just as a I venture into creating that weblog post is if it would be validating like the way it is supposed to. Something to look forward to, I would think. So let’s see how it goes.