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Dynamic Web Project

December 8th, 2006 at 4:00am — Rating: Firefox pointFirefox pointFirefox pointFirefox no pointFirefox no pointLink

I remember when Alexa was strictly for looking up similar web sites based on the current page you were on. Now, it's basically a ranking tool similar to Google's PageRank. When I noticed that this extension was provided through an educational web site, I was intrigued as to whether it would be similar to Alexa.

The Dynamic Web Project Firefox extension does, in fact, provide a way for users to retrieve a list of similar web sites that resemble the web page you're currently surfing on.

The installation of the Dynamic Web Project was simple. It can be activated through the View/SideBar or use Shift+Ctrl+E. As soon as you open the side panel, you will notice a list of web sites related to the site your viewing in your browser window.

A couple downsides to the extension is the middle-click on a link doesn't open up a new window at all. As a matter of fact, it doesn't even do anything. Ok, so I tried to right-click to get the context menu. Nope. No context menu. All you can do is left-click the link to load it into the current browser window as opposed to loading it into a new tab or window.

So I went to the web site for documentation. The documentation on the site is kind of sparse and it doesn't really explain how they collect their data. It makes me wonder where they are retrieving their data from. Are they using other web sites for their data or are they collecting it themselves?

I like the extension and it focuses on one primary function: looking for similar web sites. Even though the current version is 1.0.3, I expected a little bit more from a full release version that has been out for a while. The extension, though, requires additional options and features before it can become a welcome addition in my Firefox toolkit.