Preview Google search results with this extension

In: Mozilla

25 Jul 2004

A reader (who didn’t leave his name, though from the email address it should be a Marc or Marc-Andre) wrote me an email to tell me about this Firefox extension, GooglePreview that inserts previews of search results pages before each search result at Google. Quite neat.

Screenshot of GooglePreview extension in action


It also inserts product screenshots from Amazon if a search result points to Amazon and even a stock’s trends (see the GooglePreview website for screenshots).

Thanks for the heads up Marc!

Rory asked how it works, so I took a quick look at the source of the XPI and found out how.

17 Responses to Preview Google search results with this extension

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Ilija

July 25th, 2004 at 11pm

This extension is so cool!

Sometimes I remmeber the look of site where I found something interesting, but not the name. GP will help me in that situations…

And, it’s great for showing other what Firefox and extensions can do :)(

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Rory Parle

July 26th, 2004 at 12am

So, without having tried the extension, does it download every page in the results and render them (slow and ugly) or does it download the preview pictures from a central repository (difficult to keep up to date unless installations are sending back previews of pages it doesn’t have, which itself would be open to attack)?

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Cheah Chu Yeow

July 26th, 2004 at 12am

Rory: Good question. You got me curious too so I took a look at the source of the XPI.

There are 3 main preview images: Amazon, stocks, and others (normal webpages).

For Amazon search results, it gets the product images (there’s boilerplate URLs for where these images are). Same thing for Yahoo stocks.

For your run-of-the-mill websites, it uses this script:

http://open.thumbshots.org/image.pxf?url=

That gives you a thumbnail of the url you pass to it. So this link will give you a thumbnail screenshot of this blog.

Pretty clever work, I’d have to say.

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Rory Parle

July 26th, 2004 at 2am

Pretty neat. I’ve made a bookmarklet to get a preview of the current page: thumbnail

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Cheah Chu Yeow

July 26th, 2004 at 2am

Cool! The thumbshots thing (as in the script, not your bookmarklet) only seems to work for the root of a domain though.

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Andreas

July 26th, 2004 at 3am

According to this page, only DMOZ listed sites have thumbshots. Check e.g. a Google search for Eric Meyer’s non root (!) page on CSS, which is DMOZ listed.

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Andreas

July 26th, 2004 at 3am

According to this page, only DMOZ listed sites have thumbshots. Check e.g. a Google search for Eric Meyer’s non root (!) page on CSS, which is DMOZ listed.

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Hemebond

July 27th, 2004 at 10am

Does this only work if you use http://www.google.com? It doesn’t seem to load anything when I use http://www.google.com.au.

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Hemebond

July 27th, 2004 at 10am

Nevermind, it seems to be working fine now. Strange, because it was only working when I changed from .com.au to .com.

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adot's notblog*

July 26th, 2004 at 3am

extension of the week
Via Redemption in a Blog, this extension, Google Preview, is one you’ve got to try. It looks like it uses Thumbshots to slot in a screenshot of the site next to the Google search results. It’ll also pull the image from Amazon results if one exists and …

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adot's notblog*

July 26th, 2004 at 3am

extension of the week
Via Redemption in a Blog, this extension, Google Preview, is one you’ve got to try. It looks like it uses Thumbshots to slot in a screenshot of the site next to the Google search results. It’ll also pull the image from Amazon results if one exists and …

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Shetil

July 26th, 2004 at 8am

Google with previews
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Full(o)bloG

July 26th, 2004 at 9pm

Thumbshots
L’ Open Thumbshots Project è un sito che permette di creare dinamicamente dei thumbnail snapshot (una renderizzazione su bitmap per intenderci) del vostro sito, tutto quello che c’è da fare è copiare il relativo logo () nella pagina dove sarà present…

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Gadgetopia

July 26th, 2004 at 11pm

Google Preview
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Strang's Blog

July 27th, 2004 at 9am

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Redemption in a blog tells about an extension to Firefox that allows you to get previews of your search results on Google. The extension is called GooglePreview and redemption in a blog has analyzed what it does….

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adot's notblog*

August 9th, 2004 at 12am

extension of the week
Via Redemption in a Blog, this extension, Google Preview, is one you’ve got to try. It looks like it uses Thumbshots to slot in a screenshot of the site next to the Google search results. It’ll also pull the image from Amazon results if one exists and …

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Loajda

July 5th, 2006 at 8pm

Thanks guys!

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