Since we launched Performancing Firefox last year, the app has just gone from strength to strength. With the lastest 1.2 release and the integration of Metrics, I think we’re finally getting close to the blogging app nirvana we envisioned when Jed and I first talked about it.
Initially there was a lot of talk about it being a “Flock killer” (for those that dont know, Flock is a browser forked off of the core Firefox code with some good developers and some eager investors behind it). And in a way, though it was never intended to be, it is. I’ve done a lot of interviews and had a lot of conversations where people have bought it up, but i’ve never posted about it. Untill today that is.
Why People Hate Flock
I think part of the success of PFF was due to backlash aimed at Flock. Don’t get me wrong, PFF is an awesome app, I use it every day and Jed does a terrific job of continually developing it, it’s just that I dont think it would have taken off in quite such a large way initially if there wasn’t a lot of resentment out there already for Flock. Firefox users are an extremely passionate, loyal group (i know, i am one..), and they saw Flock as an insult.
When we launched, one of the Flock devs described PFF as “Firefox and ductape”, but at the end of the day, what could be more “web2.0″” than extending an already fantastic platform? I don’t want to switch browsers, I just want to be able to build my OWN browser, which is exactly what Firefox allows me to do.
Firefox is a social browser. Flock is a mistake.
What’s Next for Performancing Firefox?
I’ve been chatting to Jed and Chris, and there are a few things on the horizon, but we’ve not nailed anything down tight just yet except localizatoin. Bust so you get an idea of what we’re thinking, and so that I can start the ball rolling and get some feedback, here’s the list:
- Localization – we’re looking for major language blog services to team up on versions of performancing for their languages
- Going truly open source – it was always the intention to have others work on this, and now i think it might be the right time to start looking at the code, and options available to us to invite others in to work on PFF
- Plugin architecture – PFF should be a platform not a plugin
- General code improvements and bug fixes, naturally
Give us your thoughts, what do you want to see from PFF?
Bug reports and support requests will be nuked, there’s a forum for that. Thanks!
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