Why I had to uninstall the CoComment extension

On April 30, I wrote with great enthusiasm about the nifty new Firefox extension for CoComment, a free tool for tracking your online conversations.

Sadly, today I had to uninstall that extension. It was, I found out, causing serious problems with how my web browser interacted with other online services that I use several times daily: Gmail, Furl, and Typepad.

That’s a bummer, because I’m really getting to like CoComment…

I think CoComment is heading in the right direction by offering a Firefox extension to automate its system more for users. I understand that, with all the different types of blogging platforms out there, the CoComment team has taken on a difficult technical challenge. I’m not surprised the extension didn’t work perfectly right out of the gate.

I’m guessing that this is either a bug that will be hunted down and eradicated, or an incompatibility with the latest version of Firefox for Mac (1.5.0.3). So when they have an improved version of the extension ready, I’ll try it again.

Did any other Mac/Firefox users experience similar problems with the CoComment extension?

7 thoughts on Why I had to uninstall the CoComment extension

  1. I’ve been using cocomment for a week or so,and I usually download mail and read it in Thunderbird. Coincidently, today when I tried to use my gmail account online, I found that none of the links would work. I thought it was a problem with my browser, but now I’m guessing it might be due to co-comment. Thanks for highlighting this, I’ll probably keep it, because I rarely use webmail, but it’s nice to know about a potential problem.

  2. I used coComment for awhile, and liked being able to track conversations. But I noticed some buggy activity. Some Blogger sites wouldn’t play nice. Most Haloscan comments disappeared, to be replaced with some multi-digit code. And the coComment snippets in my sidebar took forever to load.

    It got to be a chore, remembering to go through coComment before commenting — especially given the spotty success rate. I just gave up on it.

  3. Hi, Amy! I have been having trouble with Cocomment sometimes as well so I tend to use Co.mments more often now. I experienced that sometimes when cocomment is down, my index page wouldn’t load properly so I even removed that box on my blog.

  4. I was wondering if you stated using it again. Robert Scoble recently wrote about it and I am trying it again. Day one it seems buggy as and ant hill.

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