Contest Winners Announced in "Extend Firefox 3" Competition
According to the contest Web site, applications were due by July 4th -- except for participants from Brazil, who were given until the end of July to complete and submit their entries. Contest categories were "best new add-on," "best updated add-on," and "best music add-on." (If nothing else, this demonstrates interest in the use of Firefox for musical purposes, something that I hadn't considered seriously before I saw these contest rules.)
In the "best new add-on" category, the judges announced three winners. Interestingly, two of these three combine tagging and bookmarks:
- Pencil, a drawing program built on the Firefox infrastructure, using SVG for its diagrams,
- Tagmarks, which makes it easy to add tags to bookmarked URLs, and
- Handytags, which provides keywords for bookmarks.
In the "best updated add-on" category, there were also three winners, again with an emphasis on tags and bookmarks:
- Read It Later, which saves pages for later reading without using bookmarks,
- TagSifter<,/a>, which makes it possible to browse bookmarks according to their tags, and
- Bookmark Previews<,/a>, which provides thumbnail images of the bookmarked pages.
Finally, the add-on Fire.fm was awarded the prize for best music add-on. Fire.fm makes it possible to listen to music, but also to find other Fire.fm users with similar musical tastes.
This contest not only demonstrated the power and popularity of Firefox as a platform, but also the continued interest that users have with bookmarks and tagging. Does this mean that Firefox users aren't taking advantage of Firefox's "smart location" bar, and are still using bookmarks and tags? Or are these being used in a complementary fashion? Regardless, it would seem that many developers continue to see Firefox as a cross-platform application delivery mechanism, and will continue to write for it.