Extend Firefox Contest: Win a MacBook Pro with Firefox Add-on Collections
Article by George Norman
On 18 Jun 2009
Precisely a week ago we were reporting that Mozilla gave the official Firefox Add-ons web page a makeover and at the same time launched a new offering called Add-on Collections. We already loved the fact that there are plenty of useful add-ons out there and we especially loved the fact that Add-on Collections puts the most useful ones in one place to enhance our user experience. To further feed the add-on hype, Mozilla has launched its annual Extend Firefox contest that runs through the 2nd of October and gives developers the chance to win a MacBook Pro.

“The Extend Firefox contest is back challenging developers to make the next great web experience! This global developer contest awards prizes for developing new Firefox Add-ons for the upcoming production release of Firefox 3.5. Last year’s contest received over 100 add-on submissions of some of the coolest and most innovative add-ons to-date and with Firefox 3.5 really raising the bar in terms of features, you can expect this year’s competition to be intense,” explained Mozilla.


The categories that you can enter are:
Best New Add-on
Best Updated Add-on
Best Shopping Add-on
Best Game & Entertainment Add-on

It’s great that Mozilla is encouraging the community to get involved, but on the add-ons front alone it seems that users need no encouraging. In just one week the goals that Mozilla set for the new collections feature have been surpassed and more. Here are some statistics to put things in perspective:
- More than 11,000 add-on collections were created and they comprised 140,000 instances of 3500 different add-ons.
- 6200 add-on collections are listed publicly.
- 245,000 add-on downloads from collection view pages were recorded.
- The Add-on Collector has been downloaded 46,000 times.
- There are about 19,000 Collectors in use.
- 2500 auto-publisher collections have been recorded.

“But the most rewarding measure of success so far has been hearing people say collections have helped them discover new add-ons, which was the primary goal of the project. Because the response to collections has been so great, we’re going to keep adding new collections-related features and improvements over the next few months,” added Mozilla.

Additional details on the contest are available on the official Extend Firefox web page here.

Tags: Extend Firefox, Mozilla, Add-on Collections, Add-on Collector
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