Three Cool Things…


Just came across three cool projects/sites that I have found very useful:

  1. Snap Shots plugin for Firefox. If you use Firefox, this is an essential plugin. It enables you to place your cursor over a link and see a snapshot of the web page. This used to require that the site implement some Javascript on its server but not anymore. Any site will work if you add this plugin.

  2. 40+ Tips to Improve Your Grammar and Punctuation. “Dumblittleman” went through the trouble of distilling the Online Writing Lab of Purdue University. You see so much crappy writing on the web…don’t we all wish people would know at least these fundamentals?

  3. Marketing Practice is a site dedicated to the analysis of brands in India. The site owner is an associate professor at a business school in India. He has analyzed approximately 250 Indian brands. Check out the “Categories” in his sidebar.

I might make this “cool-stuff week” because cool stuff has been flowing into my inbox lately.

By | 2016-10-24T14:19:53+00:00 July 15th, 2007|Categories: Cool Stuff|33 Comments

About the Author:

Guy Kawasaki is the chief evangelist of Canva, an online graphic design tool. Formerly, he was an advisor to the Motorola business unit of Google and chief evangelist of Apple. He is also the author of The Art of Social Media, The Art of the Start, APE: Author, Publisher, Entrepreneur, Enchantment, and nine other books. Kawasaki has a BA from Stanford University and an MBA from UCLA as well as an honorary doctorate from Babson College.


  1. Enrique Burgos July 15, 2007 at 11:16 pm - Reply

    I’m using the snap shots plug in since I saw it in your blog, and many peope ask me how to install this on their blogs also.
    Thanks Guy.

  2. Adrian Enache July 15, 2007 at 11:37 pm - Reply

    Firefox has for some time an addon for previewing pages without clicking on the links. It’s called Cooliris and I’m using it for some time and I’m very happy with it. I might try the Snap Shots thing, just to see how it works…
    The other two cool things are really cool and useful, I’m reading the pages just now.
    A good day to you, Guy!

  3. rajkamal July 15, 2007 at 11:40 pm - Reply

    Snapshots is a wonderful tool !
    i have shared it with 10 of my collegues !
    pls keep publishing these stuffs !

  4. Ankit Dangi July 15, 2007 at 11:49 pm - Reply

    Do check out Polar Rose @ – A facial recognition plug-in, for FireFox.

  5. Seth Wagoner July 16, 2007 at 12:15 am - Reply

    Not *strictly* true, in the case of the Snap Addon. It seeems to work on 20 or so popular sites, but not every site, and definitely not on your Intranet. Interclue, on the other hand, does actually work more or less everywhere, and usually gives a more detailed and useful summary. All done with a large pile of Ajaxy magic inside the browser. It’s been out for a little while now and getting rave reviews in some corners of the net, but still isn’t particularly well known. Give it a try 🙂

  6. studi July 16, 2007 at 1:44 am - Reply

    Very useful.
    Thank you and greetings from Berlin, Germany..

  7. James July 16, 2007 at 3:35 am - Reply

    Any tips on getting bloggers to talk about charity more?

  8. Gubatron July 16, 2007 at 3:40 am - Reply

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  9. SmallFuel Marketing Blog July 16, 2007 at 3:43 am - Reply

    Personally, I really don’t like the snap plugin. Perhaps I’m just being old fashioned, but it kinda bothers me when I’m browsing.
    I tend to prefer opening links in a new tab and checking them out when I’m finished reading the current page.
    I suppose a lot of it comes down to personal preference though. Can any of you guys actually get any meaningful info out of that tiny box?
    – Mason

  10. aljosa July 16, 2007 at 3:52 am - Reply

    it’s extremely irritating to have snapshots popping up every time I accidentally roll over links. I’m confident that two years from now we will be looking at it the same way we look at blinking text now.

  11. Raseel July 16, 2007 at 5:51 am - Reply

    I have been using Cooliris too. Its awesome and feel a bit lighter than Snapshot (I could be wrong here).
    But I really liked the blog on Indian brands.

  12. Consultor Anónimo July 16, 2007 at 10:14 am - Reply

    Snapshot Preview is one of the most annoying things I’ve ever seen when surfing the internet.

  13. Jonathan Peterson July 16, 2007 at 10:33 am - Reply

    You just “came across” the plugin? That’s interesting considering that has a relationship with one of the companies that you’ve invested in –
    I’d imagine with some more digging, we’d see that the zeibatsu ties between you and are closer than that.
    I don’t mind you pimping for an investment – even if it’s one as annoying as this new-age pop-up advertising crap, but shouldn’t you be more honest about the relationship?
    Snap does advertise on this site, but I have no business relationship with them other than that. I didn’t even know about the SimplyHired relatationship. And its Firefox plugin is only been available for about a week.

  14. mark July 16, 2007 at 11:06 am - Reply

    Snap Shots is amazing. I’ve tried it an love it.

  15. Setya July 16, 2007 at 3:31 pm - Reply

    I installed this plugin and now FireFox won’t launch, no matter what. Fairly annoyed at the moment. Anyone have this issue?

  16. ruizinho July 16, 2007 at 4:32 pm - Reply

    I think that the snap shots just entangle, is very complicated to surf on the blog with that

  17. Mike Sporer July 16, 2007 at 5:04 pm - Reply

    Because of my Catholic grade school education 40 plus years ago, correct grammar is en-grained in my cranium. We learned by diagramming sentences, which helped us understand sentence structure. The link here, however, was a good refresher.

  18. Odd Moe July 16, 2007 at 7:22 pm - Reply

    This is for sure three cool things that I like. Especially the “dumb little man :-)” Snap I use already and like it! Hope my users do as well? Thank you Gay for good stuff!

  19. st_labrat July 17, 2007 at 4:44 am - Reply

    just what I need. (the item 2 the most;-)… thanks.

  20. Cog July 17, 2007 at 5:37 am - Reply


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  21. Tim July 17, 2007 at 5:40 am - Reply

    17 comments about some internet plugin and one comment about grammar. Just saying.

  22. Muthu July 17, 2007 at 9:30 am - Reply

    Thanks for the link to Harish blog, his blog looks informative and insightful… I like your blog with snapshot feature, I’ve planned to add this to my blogs too, after seeing yours…
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  23. Jonathan Peterson July 17, 2007 at 9:35 am - Reply

    “Snap does advertise on this site, but I have no business relationship with them other than that. I didn’t even know about the SimplyHired relatationship.”
    I stand corrected. I still HATE this kind of advertising – it completely destroys the readers’ trust model by merging advertising with editorial.
    However, some readers seem to like it. By making it a plug-in instead of a javascript load it is opt-IN advertising instead of very difficult to opt-OUT advertising (I installed the adblock plug-inst specifically to block snap, intellitxt and other in-context javascript popup servers) which is a HUGE difference and improvement.

  24. Fantasy Futures Exchange July 17, 2007 at 9:56 am - Reply

    on 40+ tips: thanks an “Elements of Style” 2.0 good idea—pk

  25. Shine July 18, 2007 at 2:59 am - Reply

    Thanks for the post! Reminds me to bring back Snap Shots to my new blog. Just done and it work perfectly!

  26. Solutions Talk July 18, 2007 at 6:17 am - Reply

    Guy K. on 3 Cool Things…

    Today’s Notable Quote: I might make this “cool-stuff week” because cool stuff has been flowing into my inbox lately. – Guy Kawasaki from his How to Change the World blog. I think you’ll find these of interest if you are

  27. ::greg July 18, 2007 at 8:01 am - Reply

    check out this for cool stuff, leaves apple ‘core image’ stuff in the dust:

  28. Daniel J. Watkins July 18, 2007 at 3:00 pm - Reply

    Great advice, Guy, especially appreciate the b-school professor’s blog. Too often these days our b-school professors aren’t getting the respect they are due. \o/\o/

  29. Ryan Wagner July 18, 2007 at 5:30 pm - Reply

    I’ve never really been big on the Snap Shots thing. I don’t think that their previews give enough insight as to what the linked site contains.

  30. Mike Sessler July 18, 2007 at 7:45 pm - Reply

    Snap Shot is OK, but I really like Cool Iris Previews. Because it puts up a box that you need to roll into before you get the plug in, you don’t get annoying boxes popping up all the time. Great post on Grammar, also. I can’t stand the butchering of the English language that so often passes for writing on the web these days. Great blog, Guy!

  31. Shefaly July 19, 2007 at 1:12 am - Reply

    It is amazing to see how fewer people appear fascinated with grammar than with Snapshots! Is it any wonder that the state of usage is what it is?
    Some marketers think bad usage is ok and content is all that matters. Call me old-fashioned, but that IS a whole load of equine excreta.

  32. null July 27, 2007 at 9:53 pm - Reply

    I’m having the same problem as, Setya, stated. the moment I installed’s Firefox addon, it won’t launch or anything. I tried to reinstall Firefox, including deleting the Mozilla folder for a thorough remove. I had it (ver.2005) reinstalled and I’m still experiencing trouble launching it.
    Though the browser is active in Task Manager’s processes, but isn’t visible on screen.
    Anyone could help me on this?

  33. null July 27, 2007 at 10:04 pm - Reply

    I think there’s a glitch on my end here… I was able to launch Firefox (not before killing it in Task Manager) but I had to run it in safe mode w/addons disabled. I removed Snap Shots and restarted Firefox in normal mode. It worked.
    Anyone else have their Firefox running in normal mode w/Snap Shots working just fine? cause’ mine is quite the opposite…

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