We received our first negative review in the Chrome Store!
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This is a bookmark, nothing more. Anyone that says a simple bookmark is an extension or app should have it revoked and be banned from publishing anything else.
And he gave us 1 star
The thing is....we kinda agree with him. We put our "app" on the Chrome store kinda as a joke. We didn't think it would get noticed, and the whole notion of a browser having "apps" seemed silly at the time.
Here we are a few months later and I love Chrome apps. I use a lot of them, and all of them are links (well Offline Gmail could be considered either a link or not depending on your perspective). I like the "apps" because it gives me quick access to sites I use a lot.
So what should be a Chrome app? I think their intention was to provide a market for the ChromeOS (I've still never seen any Chrome book in the wild) however most of us who use it are using it for the browser only. I don't really see the use of an "app" that isn't a website, but a website isn't an "app".
Well anyway its all up for debate. I think the guy has a definate point with what he's saying though. I will say the Chrome store has really helped us get our name out there for what it's worth. The "app" isn't going away any time soon. We are, however, working on an actual "app" for the Chrome store that would suit this guy's definition of what an app is a lot better.
thanx to the chrome app I found this site.
but i don't get the use of the apps, they're all just link.
I think thats how a lot of people have found us, is through Chrome. We certainly enjoy it, and I think a lot of otherwise unseen sites get seen by having something on there.
To me the most useful "apps" for Chrome are links. What good is any browswer-based "app" if it is browswer specific? I know I hate it when a site requires IE or Firefox to run. The web is a wide open space, why restrict use?
The only thing that makes Chrome a bit seperate is when its a paid app and it actually does install locally, or offer offline storage of some kind. Like Offline Gmail or if we offered our courses via Chrome the same as we do for iOS (and soon Android). I appreciate this functionality and ability of the browser, however that shouldn't be all the browser is.
What I think Google needs to do is identify "apps" like ours and mark them as "link-only" or something. Brand the link-only "apps" as such so folks don't get excited about something that, in the end, isn't a special experience for Chrome only. For me and many others the link-only apps are the most used, however there should be something that makes the apps that aren't links stand out in the store if nothing else.
Another thing: I used the Weather Underground app for a while....it sucked. If the Weather Underground had a site link that would actually be useful. A website is a website is a website.
I found WiBit through the chrome store (looking for extensions). It's exactly what I was looking for, because I'm helping "tutor" some students new to programming (learning Java + OO together). So these lessons are something I can point these newbies to.
I don't care whether it's an "in-browser" app or an "on-server" app (aka, "bookmark"). All the same to me. I don't look under the hood of my car and I don't peel apart browsers. Just make it work.
Thanks for checking us out! We were hoping tudors and professors would use our site for suplemental material.
Again, I kinda agree with him, but at the same time everyone should have the right to make up their own mind. His suggestion to ban and all that is very authoritarian. I don't agree with that. People should use it the way they want. We have over 16k installs on Chrome so it would seem people have decided that they like the site and "app" regardless.
Also there are official Google "apps" for YouTube, GMail, Google Calendar, etc....all of these are simply links. So his suggestion is Google ban Google from it's own store? Or for Google to make all of those products specific to Chrome?
Perhaps you could make it a blinking link? Then it would be so much more then a link! :D
I First found this site via the chrome app store. and i have been coming back ever since.
so what if it was a link, your treasure trove of knowledge is amazing.
I too came to know this site through the "Wibit the Frog" Chrome link. I know it's quite quiet here at the moment as Team Wibit are getting ready for the relaunch of the site. But I look forward to hearing "Hey Buddy!" again as I know there's going to be some great info coming soon.
"The Power of "Hey Buddy!" compels Thee" on a Slanket would be an awesome add to the Cafepress store. Just a thought.
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