Very innovative, nice addition for firefox and to help promote your own site.
Yesterday I decided that my site could really use a Firefox Add-on. I knew what I wanted, but I honestly had no idea how to do it. So, I went to the Firefox developer site and went to work...
Nearly 7 hours and over 50 revisions later I had the QuickInbox Generator add-on.
Overall, the development of the plugin was actually very fun. It took a lot of searching to figure out how exactly the overlays and stuff work in Firefox, but with only 1 day under my belt I think I have it primarily all figured out. I'm going to be developing a few more add-ons in the near future.
I would REALLY REALLY appreciate it if the NetBuilders community would take a look at my add-on and let me know what they think. Right now it's in what is called the "sandbox." I can nominate it to be released completely to the public (which has many many advantages) once I get a few reviews and downloads. Once that happens when I make new updates they'll be automatically installed on your Firefox and stuff like that.
I will be adding a page to QuickInbox later today or tomorrow that explains the plugin further and links to the page on Firefox's site.
(notice the site used in the screenshot?)
Take a look and let me know what you think
Looks nice, is it hard to code these addons? Where have you found all information to do it?
Great idea & good luck with your website (and addon)!
They're two pretty different services. Thanks for pointing it out though, I'd never heard of TrashMail.
Yes, TrashMail allows you to create an e-mail address for any of the following:
You put in your real email address, how many letters you wanted forwarded, the life span of the forwarding, and whether or not you want anyone sending you a letter to fulfill a challenge-response system requirement.
That way, if I wanted to sign-up somewhere, I would just right click and have it embedded into the form, like what your plugin does. Then, while I'm checking my normal email inbox, I can just go ahead and verify my account or whatever is required from the site I signed up with.
@quickinbox.com has been used by thousands of people and is already starting to get blocked at some sites (DigitalPoint and Facebook for example). I am in the process of adding other e-mail addresses that forward to your QuickInbox.com inbox. I actually should have already had it setup, but I hit a few bumps with my host.
For example, you'll be able to send an e-mail to email@example.com and it'll show up in your firstname.lastname@example.org inbox.
Actually forwarding to a regular e-mail address would not be out of the question, but with having users actually go to quickinbox.com I am giving myself more of a chance to monetize the service.
Something I hope to add in the coming months is an API. I want to allow developers to create and use e-mail inboxes without having to even go to quickinbox. I have a few ideas of how I would use an API like this, but I am sure if the right developers find it they'll be able to come up with their own
Kovich (18 April, 2010)
Right. When I said it was 'basically a copy', I didn't mean an exact replica of the already existing service, but something extremely similar. If you're looking to takeover whatever market exists for this, I just thought it would be appropriate to inform you of something that has been around since 2002 and gets the same exact job done, even if it is in a slightly different manner.
Anyway, I am fond of the ideas you seem to be exploring. I hope you stick with it.
As I mentioned, it was A LOT of trial and error. This plugin helped a TON. There is some information on the addon developer site from Firefox, but I used a lot of different resources. If I found a tutorial I thought would be useful I added it to a bookmark folder I created. I just kept going back and forth, trial and error
Aquarezz (18 April, 2010)