In this issue..
- Firefox 4 Beta for Android and Maemo
- Join the Army of Awesome
- Exploring browser search with Prospector
- Refreshing the Firefox search bar
- Discontinuing several features of AMO
- Firefox in Thailand update
- Help test new Mozilla.org home page
- Compensating for self-selection bias
- Personas design contest winners
- Android testing help needed
- Software releases
- Upcoming events
- Developer calendar
- About about:mozilla
Firefox 4 Beta for Android and Maemo
Join the Army of Awesome
Anyone with a Twitter account can join Mozilla’s Army of Awesome and reply to a tweet about Firefox. “Many times it’s as simple as showing someone where to find the info they need. Just as we routinely rely on signposts to navigate streets, we’ve created some standard signpost messages so you can direct users to commonly searched pages. You don’t have to be a Firefox expert to join the Army of Awesome — simply choose a tweet, sign in with your Twitter account, and select the signpost message that will point the user in the right direction.” For more about this new initiative, see William’s and Mary’s blog posts.
Exploring browser search with Prospector
Prospector is a new series of experiments from Mozilla Labs focusing on analyzing, experimenting with and prototyping improvements on how you search for and discover content with Firefox. “To start, we’re focusing on three main areas: websites you have visited, tabs you are currently viewing, and pages you haven’t visited yet. In each of these, there are different aspects of traversing through existing behavior, extracting relevant information and discovering better ways to search.” Read more about Prospector at the Mozilla Labs weblog.
Refreshing the Firefox search bar
“Firefox 4 will streamline and modernize the Web experience for our hundreds of millions of users. In addition to greatly improving performance, adding advanced graphics capabilities and rethinking how people use tabs to organize their online lives, we have also been looking closely at the search options that we include in the search box, which appears to the right of the URL bar.” Some of these search options will be changing for the Firefox 4 release. “These changes will mean that English-language versions of Firefox 4 will display the following search services, in this order: Google (default), Yahoo!, Bing, Amazon, eBay and Wikipedia. The choices available to our users will vary around the world.”
Discontinuing several features of AMO
Justin Scott has posted an update about the future of addons.mozilla.org (AMO) and some of the features the team will be removing as they continue to rewrite and improve the site. The features slated for removal include: the self-hosted pilot program, email sharing of add-ons and add-on collections, and the ability for users to tag add-ons. Only developers will be allowed to tag their add-ons, and add-ons will be limited to a maximum of 20 tags. For more, see Justin’s post.
Firefox in Thailand update
In preparation for the upcoming BarCamp Bangkok 4 (Oct 23-24), Gen Kanai has posted a short update about the status of Firefox in Thailand, including currently available marketshare statistics for Firefox and other browsers. “William, Dietrich and I will all be at BarCamp Bangkok 4 and are looking forward to hearing from Firefox users in Thailand as well as those who used to use Firefox and may not use it anymore. Whatever browser you use, we hope to see you there too!”
Help test new Mozilla.org home page
David Boswell is looking for help testing the new Mozilla.org home page. “There are so many different page layouts on the site (12 years of organic growth will do that) that it took a long time to fit those into a common template that was flexible enough to handle a range of variations. I’m happy with what we’ve come up with and think it presents content in a clean and attractive way.” Check out the mock-ups and find out how you can help over at David’s weblog.
Compensating for self-selection bias
Jono Xia, part of Mozilla Labs, has written an extensive post about statistical analysis, Test Pilot, and how the team is working to compensate for “self-selection bias”. “Self-selection bias is the bias that creeps into your results when the subjects of your study are people who choose to be subjects. It’s a bias because a group of people who choose to be subjects is not the same as a random sample of the population. Only people who chose to install the Test Pilot extension or the Firefox 4 Beta get the studies; and only people who click ‘submit’ send results back to Mozilla. Therefore, it would be a mistake to rely only on Test Pilot submissions when redesigning Firefox UI.” Jono’s post goes on to talk about how skewed the Test Pilot sample is, and how subsampling or “survey weighting” might be a good (if difficult) way to compensate for this bias.
Personas design contest winners
As part of September’s Renegade Craft Fair in Chicago, the Mozilla team held a contest to select five winning designs to turn into new Personas. The winners have now been announced, and include: Worm Party by Nina Castillo-D’Angier, Dino Dash by Millie Rodriguez, Who ‘Nose’ Their Neighbor by Chrissy Gray-Rodriguez, Nine Twelve by Don Schnitzius, and Gardenia by Allison Manasse. “Keep an eye out for these designs — soon you’ll be able to have them front and center on your own browser.”
Android testing help needed
Firefox 4 Beta for Android and Maemo has been released, and the QA team is looking for feedback and help with testing. If you would like to get involved, head over to Tony Chung’s weblog for all the details about how you can get started.
For an up-to-date list of the coming week’s Mozilla project meetings and events, please see the Mozilla Community Calendar wiki page. Notes from previous meetings are linked to through the Calendar as well.
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12 Oct 2010 deb comments off