about:mozilla is a weekly round-up of news and contribution opportunities. Here’s what’s happening this week.
The 12 Best Add-Ons of 2012
Firefox comes with a ton of useful features, but sometimes, you might just want to add even more. That’s what add-ons are for: They allow you to add new features with just one click. The average Firefox user has five add-ons installed. If you don’t have any yet, don’t worry. A group of Mozillians chose the 12 best add-ons of the year. Check out the full list and let us know about your favorite add-on!
Mozilla in 2012
2012 was definitely a very successful year for Mozilla – thanks to you. Your feedback made us rebuild Firefox for Android and now, it’s twice as fast as the stock browser. Users like you have downloaded well over three billion add-ons and synced over fifty billion items. For you, we have added over 100 new features and developer tools, including the Facebook integration. These are just a few of the many numbers that the info graphic in Jonathan Nightingale’s blog post can tell you. Check out more of our accomplishments, and let’s hope that 2013 will be just as awesome!
Game On – Your Ideas, Your Games
In the past, developers have already shown how easy it is to code games using open standards. Now it’s your turn to do the same, to seamlessly turn from a game player into a game creator. Do you like that idea? Then join the Game On competition. We’re looking for your ideas and prototypes to push the limits of what open Web technologies can do. The winners will win a red carpet trip to San Francisco and many more things. Check out Matt Thompson’s blog post to get started and game on.
A Vision for Webmaker
In the last issue of about:mozilla, Jess Klein gave you a sneak peek at the future of Webmaker.org. This week, Erin Knight adds her visions for Webmaker as an open standard for web literacy. In her latest blog post, she explains how to create a generation of web literate people with an extensible standard and building the learning/recognition layer on top of things people already love to do.
Ad-Supported Mobile Apps
Christian Heilmann, Principal Developer Evangelist of the Mozilla Developer Network, has read a blog post by Vibhu Norby that he wants to share with you. It’s about why purely ad-driven business models for any app are bad and should be avoided. He unveils lots of sad truths like the fact that Google makes an average revenue of $30 per user in a year. Check out the full blog post to find out more about why ad-supported mobile apps are better off to be on the web.
Video of the Week
Highlights of MozCamp Asia 2012
The newsletter is written by Mozilla’s Community Engagement team and is published every Tuesday. For more on what has been happening this week also checkout the Mozilla Project Meeting. If you have anything you would like to include in our next issue, please contact: about-mozilla[at]mozilla[dot]com or send us a status message on mozilla.status.net or a tweet @aboutmozilla. You can also subscribe to the email version.
Have a good week folks and keep rocking the Web!
17 Dec 2012 Jan Bambach