I’ve decided to retire GoogleTabs, one of the very first extensions I ever wrote. GoogleTabs adds a context-menu option to open all of the Google search results on the current page in tabs.
I made this decision for several reasons:
- I don’t have time to keep up with Google. Every time they change the HTML for any of their search result pages, I have to update the extension and release a new version.
- I don’t use the extension. All of my other extensions came about to fill one of my browsing needs, and in a few cases, other people found the extension useful as well. Since I never really used GoogleTabs, I don’t feel the same need to keep it current.
- There are better solutions. There are other extensions like Snap Links and Linky that do the same thing, but on a wider scale. It doesn’t make sense to have a Google-specific version when you can have one extension that mass-opens links on all webpages.
According to Mozilla Addons, GoogleTabs was downloaded a total of 95,322 times (plus the downloads directly from my site), so it had a pretty good run. Rest in peace, GoogleTabs.