Google implemented my results preview concept. You’ll start seeing integrated previews now in your google results – they did a great job! It’s nice to be validated, and frankly, nice to have the monkey off my back as far as trying to repeatedly resurrect Google Results Walker. Re-engineering someone else’s web site is fun as hell, until you’ve over-committed, and then the original website exits stage left on you and invalidates all your work.

It sure was a fun ride while it lasted – 50,000 downloads in its heyday, when I was knee-deep in the Mozilla Add-ons developer community. That’s the most successful software I’ve ever written, in terms of users. Coupled with the joy of a completely cross-platform solution!

So to sum up, thanks Google for improving your search in exactly the way I thought needed it to be done. :>

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0.5.11 was reviewed and approved, which makes it public. This is great for two reasons:

  • Users can install the addon without logging in to mozilla.org
  • Users will get live updates to the latest approved version

This is VERY good stuff. To put it in perspective, I had a couple hundred downloads this morning, and I’ve been watching that number jump by 100 every hour or two – it’s currently over 600. Exciting times for my little addon!

I released 0.5.12 by request to address more international google URLS (eg, google.fr). The nice guy that requested it even donated $10 afterwards. A good day all around. :>

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Google updated their results page today, Google Results Walker has been updated to match.

It was a simple change of the footer, from using an ID of ‘footer’ to using a className of ‘clr’ (?), but it was enough to break walker. I updated the code do more checking of assumptions, so next time the placement may get thrown off but it won’t break.

Have fun with it!

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Includes better removal of google gunk when the preview is on. All gunk is fully restored when the preview is toggled off. :>

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I found out today that Mozilla doesn’t serve up the latest version of “experimental” addons automatically to Firefox users. And until I can get them to get around to approving my addon, mine remains marked “experimental”. So you have to grab updates from the official download page. Get the latest news on the homepage.