Time to Spread Firefox again?

Welcome to Spread Firefox. You are our marketing department, a diverse community of people tired of swatting popups, chasing spyware, combatting identity theft and installing security updates you could set your watch to. You have a vision of the 21st century web and are ready to push it to the world, wresting control from a monopoly that has let it stagnate.

The Spread Firefox! campaign (via Web Archive)

A couple weeks back I dropped a tweet saying I was moving back to Firefox as my primary browser. I’ve sworn by Google Chrome for years, but the recent push towards privacy and performance won me back.

I did some digging into the old Spread Firefox! campaign that pulled me into Firefox the first time round. That brought me to the Wikipedia article on Firefox, and that led me to this archived version of the SFX community site.

Millions of people are already using Firefox and helping us chip away at Internet Explorer’s marketshare. More than 80,000 websites already link to the Firefox page, with an additional 200,000 linking to mozilla.org. The buzz about Firefox was too hot for the blogosphere and has consumed the mainstream press: this month alone, Firefox has been declared officially “Wired” (IE? “Expired”), USA Today is recommending that its readers use Firefox, and Walt Mossberg, perhaps the most influential tech writer in the US, is telling Wall Street Journal readers that, if you’re worried about security, Firefox is a good way to go.

That post was made 15 years ago. Now Firefox is back, fighting to protect the privacy of its users. Is it time for us to #SpreadFirefox again?

Four years at GoDaddy

Old GoDaddy sign

I hit the four-year milestone at GoDaddy this month. This is the longest I’ve worked at any company, and I can’t imagine being anywhere else.

I love helping local small businesses. It started in college, with projects about local economic development. It continued after graduation with my freelance and volunteer work.

But GoDaddy wasn’t looking for a small business advocate when I joined. They were looking for a community manager.

So let me back up here.

Read more…Four years at GoDaddy

Bring back the bloggers

“The biggest stars of the mommy Internet now are no longer confessional bloggers. They’re curators of life. They’re influencers,” the Washington Post wrote in 2018. “They’re pitchwomen. And with all the photos of minimalist kitchens and the explosion of affiliate links, we’ve lost a source of support and community, a place to share vulnerability and find like-minded women, and a forum for female expertise and wisdom.”

via She was the “queen of the mommy bloggers.” Then her life fell apart. (Vox)