Notable New Features in the Recent Firefox Updates

Supposedly, 2010 is going to be the year that web developers (and hopefully designers) are going to embrace the power of HTML 5 & CSS 3 and obviously, in order for any of these cool new technologies to actually be visible to the user, our browsers are going to need to implement the rendering of them. As we all know, Firefox is ahead of the game when it comes to implementing new features – whether they’ve been approved by the W3C or not, those wonderful guys over at Mozilla tend to write the code if they like a feature. Safari/Chrome aren’t far behind either (WebKit being my favourite of the rendering engines) it’s only one browser that… do I even need to finish this sentence??

So last night Firefox 3.6 was released and as a diligent web developer, I headed over to firefox.com, downloaded it and added it to my ever-growing list of “browsers I need to keep to test my sites on.” This time, however, I read the FULL feature list rather than just skim reading the exciting stuff and this has prompted me to analyse the latest few versions, the upcoming “cool stuff” in HTML 5 and CSS 3 and draw comparisons, once again, between the different web browsers.

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Social Network Abuse

It seems that the world has finally woken up to micro-blogging. For many years ICQ, IM clients, forums etc have offered facilities for displaying a “Mood Message” or “Status Message” to sum up, in one brief sentence, what’s happening in our lives and how we are feeling at THIS precise moment in time.

Personally, I often use mood messages to decide whether or not I actually want to talk to someone. For example, women with status messages such as “Feeling a little tender and needing a hug” should be avoided at all costs; anyone with a status such as “anoyd wiv ma bst m8” should be instantly removed from your contacts list BUT “Anyone fancy a pint?” is your new best friend.

Recently (well recently in the grand scheme of things!) Facebook has capitalised on the need we all feel, to tell everyone what we are doing, every second of the day. Reading and writing status updates probably makes up a good third of what we all do on the site. It stands to reason that sooner or later (and again, I mean in the grand scheme of things) someone would release a web service that provides ONLY status updates. Of course, I’m talking about twitter.com which has recently come to the forefront of the great unwashed’s attention.

(NB: For the record, I first started tweeting back in May February ’07 – but seeing as noone else was doing it, I abandoned the idea! See twitter.com/beetlejoose for evidence!)

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