I compiled a list of the most popular Chrome extensions in the chrome web store for November 2015. I also wondered – what are the extensions that have grown the most in 2015? I sorted the list of extensions that have more than 100,000 installs, and ranked them by their growth this past year. It’s interesting to see which extensions have grown the most.
Here’s a list of the 500 most popular Chrome extensions. It’s interesting to see what the the most popular extensions are, and think about how they achieved that number of installs. See a google spreadsheet of the list here.
Facebook is the undisputed king of social right now, but I feel like they’re not doing a good job of connecting me with my friends in a meaningful way. When I log in, I see all sorts of stuff that I don’t really care about. For the longest time, Twitter was described to me as the place where you can learn what your friends are doing “right now”. I have been able to mold twitter into a meaningful tool, but I don’t feel like I have the same abilities with Facebook. They use their own algorithm to show me what they think is the most pertinent information, but I think there’s a lot of room for improvement.
Facebook has always done a great job of sending emails (friend requests, messages, photo tags, comments on photos) to drag you back into the site. That’s why I was really surprised the other day when LinkedIn sent me an email much better than anything Facebook has ever sent me. Check out the image that represents my my contacts that have changed positions in the past year:
Whoever had the idea for this promotion should get a big pat on the back. I know that I logged into LinkedIn because of it, and I saw a lot of tweets about people comparing and discussing the number of friends who had changed positions. This got me thinking – why did this have to be limited to my friends on LinkedIn, sent presumably once a year?
I had recently discovered a friend got married on Facebook, and I didn’t even know he was engaged. Granted, I met this person when I was living in Japan and I don’t keep in touch with him, but I would have rather seen that he got married than 90% of the stuff that’s in my stream (no offense to my current friends on Facebook). It got me thinking – why doesn’t Facebook produce a newsletter personably customized of my feed for the past 2 weeks? I want to know whose relationship status changed, who got engaged, who got married, who gave birth (and who deserves congratulations). There are a million other things I want to be notified about, but can’t really do at the moment.
Even if I did log in to Facebook every day (thankfully I don’t), I would miss these things. Seems like Facebook is wasting a golden opportunity to bring in even more eyeballs than they currently are. I need a service that logs into my Facebook account and gives me a two week summary of all of the stuff my friends have done and which ones were liked the most. Why hasn’t Facebook done this yet?
I’m not saying that LinkedIn is going to beat Facebook in social networking, but they sure are making them look like they’re the old and slow competitor, aren’t they? If I was Facebook, I would be copying this idea right away.
I received a letter in the mail today from the Big Brothers Big Sisters organization thanking me for a recent donation that was given in my name. They had just received a check for $714 from Microsoft. This was in addition to another donation made previously in 2009. In total, Microsoft had donated over one thousand dollars to the organization in my name.
Why you ask? I have not donated any money to Big Brothers Big Sisters – I have only spent time with my littler brother. Microsoft is generous enough to match its employees time spent with charities and non-profit organizations, at a $17 / hour rate. In 2009, I spent over 60 hours with my little brother Chris, and so Microsoft donated over $1,000 to BBBS.
People are always impressed with the fact that Microsoft is so generous in matching its employees’ charitable donations, but I’m surprised that this additional contribution isn’t mentioned. As listed on this page, Microsoft is willing to donate up to $12,000 per employee to charities. They will donate money for time their employees spend (outside of work), or will match monetary donations. I find this extraordinary!
It’s just another reason I enjoy working for Microsoft.
I went to Costa Rica from January 16th – January 23rd.
The highlights of the trip:
- The trails, waterfalls, and swimming opportunities at the house we stayed at. I could have spent another couple of days relaxing at the house.
- Relaxing on the beach of Manuel Antonio, and surfing on the beach.
- The zipline tour in Quepos. I cannot recommend this enough. I paid 50 bucks for a 2 hour tour that was well worth it. The tour guides were fantastic, and I felt extremely safe. It was great! If you’ll be in Quepos, you should definitely go for a canopy tour.
- The national park in Manuel Antonio.
- Having a monkey try to steal our lunch.
- Seeing a sloth, relaxing in the sun.
- Watching a turtle lay eggs.
- The snorkeling wasn’t great – I barely saw any fish. I wouldn’t recommend renting snorkeling equipment.
If I did it again, I would fly from San Jose to Quepos instead of driving 3 hours from San Jose to Quepos. Other than that, I wouldn’t have changed a thing. It was great!