Unknown Blummy Treasures

Steve Rubel re-mentions blummy on his blog. Thanks a lot!

I'd like to take this chance to show you some of the lesser known blummlets (or bookmarklets if you prefer). Take a look at how I have configured my blummy.

blummy: alexa

Alexa

The favorite of my blummlets (and in this case it deserves to be called like that, as it is an image), is the Alexa blummlet on the bottom. I just have to open blummy on any page on the web and I can instantly see how much traffic it has (well as far as you can count on Alexa on that).

When you add the blummlet you might want to resize it to fit yours. So first add it to your blummy, then resize the blummlet by holding shift and drag from within that blummlet. Voilá.

Click2Zap

blummy: click2zap

Click2Zap by Steve Clay (site is currently down) is something for you if you print web pages a lot. I dislike reading long texts on-screen (waiting for the Sony PRS-500), I print blog texts a lot.

Using click2zap you can remove unnecessary text or links from a web page before you print it. You can click on a paragraph, a red dotted border will appear. You click again, it's deleted. Very neat.

BlummyWiki

What Google Notebook has added to Firefox, has been possible through Blummy for a long time. Cross-browser.

blummywiki: google notebook

When you surf around you can use the BlummyWiki to store information you find on a page for later use. Or maintain a list of your most often visited pages. Most useful thing about it is that can use the same blummy account on multiple browsers and multiple computers.

Andy Roberts already had some ideas what to do with the BlummyWiki. Check it out.

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Blummy wins Web 2.0 Bookmarking Award!

SEOmoz Web 2.0 Awards - WinnerI'm proud to announce that Blummy has been voted to first place of the bookmarking category by the Web 2.0 Awards by seomoz.org.

Blummy placed in front of Looksmart's Furl.net and it's similar sounding competitor spurl.net.

As all the other winners of each category, I have also been interviewed. I can highly recommend reading the other interviews, with

SEOmoz Web 2.0 Awards - Blummy Bookmarking Winner

Thanks for the award and congratulations for the excellent choice of nominees and winners.

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Feature Updates (close and turn off password query)

Some new features now, mainly fulfilling public requests which I had to admit opened a few annoyances.

  • [Feature] Close Blummy after clicking on a blummlet. Blummy will disappear after you have clicked a blummlet. This option is under advanced view on the config screen and under Preferences.
  • [Feature] You can now turn off the password request when using blummy. Although most browsers should give you the option to remember the username/password combination, still here and there the query poped up. So now you can make your blummy available to everyone again (so it will omit the query).

I also created a small donation page. If you think that blummy is good value, I'd appreciate a small donation. Thanks!

Blummy: Major Update

I'm proud to announce a major update of Blummy.

Blummy now includes blummyWiki, a small notebook-wiki that can be displayed within the current page. So you could store favorite URLs or commonly used information there which will be available on any page just like Blummy. And of course it's crossbrowser and crosscomputer.

In my opinion this is a very unique and useful feature.

There is now also custom color and css support. You can browse other users' Blummys via the "Explore" link in the menu.
Furthermore Blummy is now secured by password at last (so private blummlets are quite secure now).

A few words on the blummyWiki: It is invoked by switching an option on the Prefs page or by using one of these blummlets: open on the left, open below and open on the right. (display all three blummlets in configuration view).

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Further Speed Improvements

I have decided to turn on caching to full throttle.

This means that I don't request the browser any more to check back with blummy.com (to see if something has changed in the configuration) when you click on your blummy bookmarklet. So if you have high latency times between you (e.g. when you are living on the opposite site of the planet) and blummy.com this will most probably be good for you.

The bad side — and that's why I haven't done this before — is that you might run into a stale copy of blummy more easily when you do some re-configuration. So here are two hints if you don't see what you have configured:

  • Delete the blummy bookmarklet and re-drag it from the configuration page. There is a little random value that should prevent a stale copy.
  • Clear your browser cache.

I hope that you encounter a further speed increase with blummy and keep on spreading the word ;)

Create your blummlet: Wizard

Do you miss a service on blummy? Well, create it for yourself. Don't have a clue how Javascript works? Does not matter anymore.

  • [Feature] Wizard for create your own blummlet

This should make it quite easy to create a blummlet for any service yourself.

Because space is a little limited there, I give a more detailed introduction here:

Suppose there was no blummlet for searching at Google and you wanted to create one:

  1. First, log in and go to the create a blummlet page. Open the wizard there.
  2. Open a new window or tab and navigate to the service (i.e. http://www.google.com/).
  3. Enter the query BLUMMY and submit the form. Wait for the results to appear.
  4. Click the location bar of your browser and copy the whole URL (mark the text and press Ctrl-C or Cmd-C). This would be http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&q=BLUMMY&btnG=Google+Search for me.
  5. Go back to the create blummlet page and type in the service name (i.e. Google) and paste the URL to the corresponding field (Ctrl-V or Cmd-V).
  6. Click "Create".
  7. The wizard should have disappeared and most of the fields have been filled out. Now enter a description and click "Save". Done.

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Loading Blummy…

People have been complaining that it took more than one click to open blummy. The problem is that it may take some time to transfer the blummy script source to your computer (due to slow server, network, whatever). So after the first click, blummy is loaded from blummy.com, when you click again (before blummy appears), you instantly close blummy again, so nothing happens. Only after the third click blummy opens.

Now our user fuska had the great idea to display a small "loading blummy" text, so the user knows what's going on.

  • [Feature] "Loading blummy…" informs the user about the current ongoings.

The downside of this update is that you need to replace your blummy bookmarklet (as the loading text is displayed by the bookmarklet to do that instantaneously). So go to blummy.com, log in, and drag blummy to your toolbar again. That should do the trick.

Thanks, fuska!

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Favicon caching

Hello there,

You may have noticed that your blummy now opens a bit faster. This is due to a new feature:

  • [Feature] Favicons are cached on the blummy server.

So now your blummy will not hesitate to open because some server is not ready to serve his icon.

I hope this causes some speed-ups ;)

PS: In the first few hours there could be some hick-ups with caching, as some servers might be down while filling up the cache.

Moderation in place

The latest update to blummy covers moderation.
I have cleaned up the blummlets so that there should not be too many blummlets doing the same thing left. While cleaning up I had to merge a few blummlets; if everything went okay you wouldn't have noticed anything, if not, a blummlet might have disappeared from your blummy. Sorry for that.

  • [GUI] A check next to a blummlet means that it has been verified by a moderator.
  • [Feature] In preferences you can check whether you want to see unverified blummlets, too (default is no)
  • [Feature] You can now choose to open a blummlet in a new Window or Tab (Preferences under advanced). This is actually a not seen feature for bookmarklets. It is established by using the Blummy library function Blummy.href() which resembles location.href = url as Blummy.href(url).
  • [GUI] Cleaned up the preferences window a bit.

With cleaning up I moved almost each blummlet using location.href to use Blummy.href so that for most of them the "open in tab" feature should work. Additionally I have converted all the document.selection/window.getSelection etc. to Blummy.getSelection so that using the selection should work in almost any browser now.

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Now with Preferences

So the latest release is online. The additions this time:

  • [GUI] There is now a simple and advanced mode.
  • [Feature] A Preferences page is now available.
  • [App] You can now change blummy's opacity in the Preferences.
  • [App] You can now change the close button position in blummy in the Preferences.
  • [Feature] There is now a Save button if XHR does not work for you in configuration.
  • [GUI] A small Flash movie on the Start Page shows how blummy works.