Developers who work on add-ons for Firefox – along with developers who simply use one or more add-ons – may want to start thinking more about speed. Mozilla, perhaps tired of hearing people blame them for delays, has decided to highlight how different add-ons affect Firefox’s startup process.
Mozilla announced the decision on the Add-Ons Blog, and this is bound to result in some embarrassment for the developers responsible for the worst-performing add-ons. No one wants to be named and shamed in public.
We wouldn’t be surprised if add-ons that make the top 10 list (or even the top 50 list) see a drop in usage, as well.
But the good news is of course that this process will probably wind up rewarding developers who were careful with respect to how their add-ons might affect Firefox’s startup. Plus, if everyone improves their apps a little for the sake of staying competitive, then all Firefox users will benefit.
Have a look at what Mozilla calls the “Add-ons with the Slowest Start-up” if you want to see if something you developed or use made the list.