As you may already know, Personas in Firefox 3.6 has been a phenomenal success. In the past month we’ve seen millions of Firefox users discover Personas for the first time and create over 30,000 personas. Firefox users want to customize their browser and Personas give them that ability in a simple and beautiful way.
With this new-found success comes new responsibility. Personas was a Mozilla Labs experiment that has matured and graduated from Labs. Much of its process and code was for a prototype and is beginning to suffer from the overwhelming popularity in Firefox 3.6. In order for Mozilla to give Personas the support it rightly deserves changes are in order.
Currently getpersonas.com is built on a prototype code base and simply is not capable of supporting the features and scale we need to bring to the Personas community.
Some of the benefits of moving Personas to addons.mozilla.org are:
- Ratings and reviews for personas
- Designer profiles
- Statistics of persona usage over time
- Support for over 30 languages
- Suggested personas and
- Improved review tools
Moving Personas to addons.mozilla.org also makes them a fully realized piece of the add-ons ecosystem. They will be given the full attention of the add-ons team and benefit from their expertise and experience with add-ons in Firefox.
We’re also renaming the “Personas” add-on to “Personas Plus” to better reflect how it adds features to the Personas already present in Firefox 3.6. Personas Plus will continue to evolve to add new and exciting features to Personas.
We’ve got a lot of ideas on what to do next with Personas Plus, so take a look and let us know what you think!
The future is looking bright for Personas! Stay tuned during the next few weeks, we’ll keep the blog updated with more information about the transition to addons.mozilla.org.