Firefox Gets Dressed Up with Personas

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morgamic's current persona

Personas was launched a couple of weeks ago, and it’s been received well. On the Personas add-on page on addons.mozilla.org you can already see 1.3 million downloads with 922,000 of those coming in the last seven days. Wow!

picture of add-ons listing and stats

The response to Personas is great, and I hope we can find more ways to get people excited about the extensibility of Firefox. I thought about some of the key factors to its success:

  • Easy to install, fun to use
  • Unique and personalized but not intrusive
  • Easy to create your own
  • Makes an obvious change to your browser

It’s awesome to see what’s going on with Personas — congrats to Mozilla Labs and the Personas team. Looking forward to what’s coming up next!

Baggage Claim Rage

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Update: this wasn’t supposed to get posted on planet.mozilla.org — it’s not in the Mozilla category but planet slurped it up anyway. Probably a feed error after a WP upgrade. :(

Ever have a hard time finding your damn bag at the airport? It’s probably because there are a bunch of morons standing in front of you. And guess what? None of them are actually grabbing their bag — they are just making it impossible for you to find yours.

Fortunately when I travel I usually don’t have to deal with this since I don’t have a checked bag. But every once in a while I do have to check a bag (like last week). When this happens, I inevitably find myself standing behind 15 people, unable to find my bag. Right about then I tell myself, “I need to write an angst-filled blog about this to add another post to my airport rage series.” Well, here’s a diagram for you:

don't be the asshole standing next to the baggage claim

A few things I want to point out:

  • All the cool people are behind the line
  • Don’t be “that guy” standing right next to the carousel expecting his bag to come out faster because he’s standing closer (wtf?)
  • Everybody wins

Any questions?