I may be jumping the gun here a little. This morning I decided to take a look at my stats to see how the Tweetmeme button is working out on this site since I added it. If you look at my past posts you will see that the button itself has not been heavily used, but the important thing to note is that it is being used. Just one tweet by a user with tons of followers could dump in some real traffic.
Earlier this week I mentioned how my favorite browser is Firefox. I also mentioned how I would share with you some of my favorite add-ons. Three of them are mandatory for me, one of them I developed, and the rest are just nice to have.
Note to Internet Explorer Users: these add-ons may or may not work for your browser. I’m not really sure. I primarily use Firefox, and the links I give are for Firefox versions.
Keeping It Quick
My favorite PC to use (I use four on a regular basis), is getting on in its years, so I try to keep the add-ons to a low roar. I don’t want to be lagging like this guy in the picture below. He obviously went a little crazy with the add-ons. Don’t do this to your browser. It will not like you.
If you use WordPress for you blog, and are looking for a way to really make your Twitter feed alive then you need the add-on Vikinghammer Tweet. I just installed this, and am completely jazzed on what it can do. I was also happy to find it because if I didn’t, I was going to have to build it myself. What does it do? It tweets your blog posts (already been done I know), and it tweets comments made on your blog (this is the good stuff).
Well I didn’t even know about Flock, but the good news for Flock users is that my Twitter Toolbar (originally designed for Firefox) works for your browser too. Flock is Mozilla creation so I guess it makes sense that it works. The thing is, my Twitter Toolbar add-on works even BETTER on Flock!
What makes it better is the fact that you can see all of the updates made by the people you follow in the left sidebar. This is something that I had been considering doing to anyhow, but I opted not to because I thought Firefox users wouldn’t like it. It turns out there is another crowd that does like it, and they are Flock users. Good news for me? I don’t have to do a thing!
You can download the Twitter Toolbar for Firefox or Flock here: Twitter Toolbar
You can download the Flock Browswer here: Flock Browser
Last night I decided to add a new category to the site, Cool Tools. This was a big decision for me, because I only intend on having a maximum of six categories total. I have finally decided to start dedicating more time to BWI, and will also be bringing on a few new authors as well. It’s time to grow, and give the audience a little bigger bite to enjoy. Cool Tools will be about new tools I find, or favorite tools currently being used by myself or the current author.
The first Cool Tool is one of my personal favorites, Screenshot Studio. Screenshot Studio is screen capture software if you didn’t guess. I first found it in the Firefox add-on directory. It is without a doubt, my favorite Firefox add-on, and use it for many of my blog posts. There is an add-on for IE as well.
It basically works just like hitting the print screen button. The power, or beauty of the software though, is what you can easily do to the shot afterwards. Crop, create text boxes, text boxes with arrows, draw lines, free hand draw, blur, and a lot more. You can then easily save the image to your hard drive, your server, or even their host.
Another cool and yet important feature of the application is it’s cost. It’s free. They do offer a paid version, but the additional benefits are pretty weak compared to the overall power of the free version.
If you don’t have it yet I would strongly suggest grabbing it now. Download Page
NOTE: The links to this site appear to be down, so this post may get deleted soon!
Here is a cool little add-on for you Firefox users, Firefox Domain Availability Extension. It is a domain name availability checker. Why go to a domain register company website to look for available domains, when Firefox can do it for you. No captcha’s, no waiting, just a simple available or not answer.
It took me about a thirty seconds to install, I had to restart Firefox, and there it was on the bottom right. Worked perfectly the first time I tried.
The “Register Now” link takes you to GoDaddy.com which I liked. Even when you are on the GoDaddy.com website you can continue to use it. Use it on a blank tab, it really doesn’t matter. This is a really fast add-on, and when you are trying out bunches of domain names to get one you like, this is great. You get your answers immediately, and you don’t have to play games to with a company like Network Solutions to find out if a name is available. It would be nice if this was an application on it’s own, to run on your desktop, but my Firefox is open pretty much all day anyhow.
Cool add-on for you webmasters out there, and domain brokers, download now.