Happy Chrismakwanzikah or Festivus
It’s been a good week for us. Last week we launched our Parrotfish extension for Chrome available at labs.embed.ly. Parrotfish overlays the Embedly service on top of Twitter adding link previews for every URL in your Twitter stream. What started out as a side project has grown beyond our wildest dreams. In a week we’ve had nearly 10,000 downloads, traffic has grown six-fold and having impromptu write-ups on TechCrunch, Lifehacker and Read Write Web isn’t so bad either.
We’ve gotten a lot of feedback on the Chrome extension over the last week. Today we’re releasing an update with a few fixes and tweaks. The extension now supports HTTP Secure Twitter, and we’ve added a few more providers like Xiami, Audioboo and Wistia.
A lot of the feedback we’ve gotten has been, “This is great and all, but when can I have it on ( Safari | Firefox | Internet Explorer )? Well, ‘tis the season, and in the spirit of the holidays we’re launching this Browser extension on Safari and Firefox today. Sorry, Internet Explorer fans, you get coal for Christmas.
Safari was a natural next step. Since it so closely resembles Chrome from an architecture standpoint, the extension was fairly easy to port over. We took advantage of some of the added features in the Safari SDK. Instapaper support has been one of the highest rated features of the Parrotfish extension. In Safari, You have to log in to Instapaper using the Safari Preferences panel. In the Preferences panel there’s an Extensions tab where you can sign in to Instapaper.
Firefox was a necessary evil. Obviously there’s a large user base, so we wanted to be on it, but the pain involved in developing plugins and extensions for Firefox is almost unbearable. If we never see another XUL file in our lifetimes it will be too soon.
We’ve had a lot of questions about how we built this extension. The Parrotfish extension uses our Pro service, which is currently in beta. We will be going into further technical detail about the extension in a future blog post. For now, stay tuned and enjoy Parrotfish on Chrome, Safari and Firefox. You can download the extension here.
If you have any questions or find any sort of buggy behavior, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks, and we’ll see you all in 2011.