Browser Extensions 

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Thanks for Installing the ReviewMeta Browser Extension!

May 2nd, 2016

How it Works:

extn-dim – The icon will be dim if it does not detect you are viewing a product page.  Clicking it will take you to our homepage.

Visit any Product page to see the extension in action.  We currently support products on:

  • Amazon.com, .ca, .co.uk, .com.au, .fr, .it and .de
  • Bodybuilding.com

Clicking on the icon will open the full analysis on ReviewMeta.com in a new tab:

extn-fail – Product gets a “FAIL” and adjusted rating of 2.9

extn-warn – Product gets a “WARN” and adjusted rating of 4.6

extn-pass – Product gets a “PASS” and adjusted rating of 4.5

extn-na – Product gets a “FAIL” and we couldn’t find enough trustworthy reviews to calculate an adjusted rating

extn-none – We haven’t run an analysis on this product; click to generate a report!

extn-load – The data for this product is loading.

Troubleshooting:

Icon cannot be found anywhere in browser:

  • This seems to be more common in FireFox, and is often due to privacy settings.  It seems that you must have “Remember History” set in your preferences in order for our extension to show up:

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extn-dim  Icon is dim at all times:

  • This means that the extension is not detecting that you are viewing a supported product page.  Make sure that you are are viewing a single product on Amazon.com, .ca, .co.uk, .com.au, .fr, .it .de or on Bodybuilding.com.
  • Try restarting your browser.
  • Check your other extensions for conflicts.

extn-load Always shows “load”:

  • This means that the browser is stuck loading the data from our servers.
  • Try pulling up ReviewMeta.com to see if our site is responding.
  • If you are generating a report on our site in another tab, it might be delayed because of that.  Wait until the report is completed and then try checking again.
  • Try restarting your browser.
  • Check your other extensions for conflicts.

extn-none Shows even though a report was generated:

  • This is likely due to caching.  Caching helps us reduce server load and cost and might result in seeing a small glitch like this once in a while.  The icon for that product should be updated in less than 24 hours.
  • If every single page is showing this, then it might be a server error.  Try using ReviewMeta.com in your browser to see if our site is responding.

FAQ:

Why does the plugin need permissions to read and change the content of my pages?

Our plugin performs two functions:

  1. Checks to see if you’re looking at a product on Amazon or Bodybuilding.com.  If you are, it only looks at the URL, then sends that over to our site which returns the test results (pass/fail + adjusted rating).  So that’s all we’re reading from your page.
  2. If you’re viewing a page on ReviewMeta.com, the plugin will add a tiny code to the bottom of the page so that it knows NOT to prompt you to install the plugin (since you’ve clearly already installed it!).

That’s it!  We’re not doing anything else.

Are you injecting your affiliate code into pages that I’m browsing?

No, we don’t make any money off the extension.  Our goal is to make it easier for you to make use of ReviewMeta.com and visit our site more often.

Questions?  Support?

We’d love to hear your feedback and help you if you are having any troubles at all.  Please feel free to contact us with your thoughts/questions.

Problems with smile.amazon.com?

You’re not alone.  We’ve received a few reports about intermittent issues with smile.amazon.com.  The problem is that I have never been able to reproduce it so I can’t seem to figure it out.  If you notice that the extension is not working when using smile.amazon.com, PLEASE take a screenshot or at least copy the full URL and send it in to info@reviewmeta.com.  Thank you!

A special note to Safari users: 

Unfortunately, Apple does not permit the use of decimals or text in the badge, nor is it possible to change the color.  Because of these constraints, the Safari extension will not display any information itself; it will only act as a shortcut to pull up the corresponding report on ReviewMeta.com when browsing products on Amazon.


  • ambientnoise

    You’re awesome for creating this! Can we donate to it? (No, I’m not a bot or anything. Just listened to the Planet Money episode and am an Amazon Vine review who *really* hates spam reviews.)

  • Ayahualpa

    Very cool stuff, been using it for a few months. One thing: I just used your Categories section to find an excellent product that I probably wouldn’t have using just Amazon. It had much less reviews than the mega-promoted crap out there, but looks way more genuine. Something to think about extending ;o).

    • Glad you’re enjoying the category feature! It’s still not quite exactly the level that I want it; I’d like to do some more improvements in the future, but I’m happy to hear it is helping you to discover new products!

  • pete

    Very cool work. Thanks!
    Now can you apply it to facebook, twitter and fox?

    • I wish! At the moment I don’t know how I’d be able to do it, but maybe I’ll think of something.

  • CoolRaoul

    Chrome extension used to work for me but now activating the button works pretty much like a simple shortcut/favorite: this just redirects to reviewmeta home page where I’m asked to paste the product URL.

    • Just tested and it seems to be working for me. If you’re in the process of building a report, or have a bunch of tabs open, the API may not go through because of a flood limiter. Please email me at info@reviewmeta.com for debugging info if you continue to experience this problem.

      • CoolRaoul

        After restarting computer it worked (using the exact same Amazon product page: I had bookmarked)
        But it’s not the first time I’m facing that issue

  • Shawne813

    (raising my hand) Would love to see Safari extension

  • Moritz

    Hi, I would be interested in a Safari-Extension (the bookmarklet does not seem to work there).

    I am no web developer but I do believe that you could reuse code for your chrome extension relatively easily here as Safari extensions can be based on javascript as well.

    A simple (quick and dirty 😉 ) example of a safari extension can be found here (disclaimer: my github account):
    https://github.com/moritzfl/safari-bibtex/blob/master/bibtex.safariextension/global.html

    If you provide the sourcecode for your extensions, I would also be willing to try and create a safari version.

    • Hi Moritz-

      I’m sending you an email, but I wanted to respond publicly here about the status of the Safari extension:

      We had actually created a Safari extension a few years back. They have much stricter design requirements and essentially the extension was going to be clunky and look like crap. They don’t have a number in the icon that you can easily change; we would have had to manage about 300 icons to show you the data.

      We decided since the share of visitors using Safari was so low, we decided to hold off on publishing it until there was some demand.

  • Adam E.

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/0a5e031d12a2ce429a003e6d4b430239d72160ed2cc13c19148e216e3cf37bac.jpg

    I requested an extension for Edge, but I got the response “You’re receiving this email because you requested to be notified when we released our extension on other platforms (such as Safari, Edge, mobile devices, etc). Since our bookmarklet works across all devices, it’s unlikely we’ll be creating extensions for Edge/Safari, etc.”
    Screw the bookmarklet! So anyway I converted the extension from Chrome to Edge myself. It took 10 minutes using Microsoft’s conversion kit. It loads successfully, clicking on the extension icon takes me to the correct analysis of the selected product. However, I don’t see the rating on the icon when I’m at the product page in Amazon.
    ReviewMeta, instead of taking 5 minutes to send me an e-mail why don’t you spend 5 minutes fixing and releasing your extension for Edge. Currently, Edge has very few BUT VERY VISIBLE extensions in the Microsoft store. Articles are actually written and published whenever one or two new extensions are released. Yours will definitely be seen instead of be buried like in the Firefox and Chrome extension stores. Think about it!

    • Hey Adam-

      We built the bookmarklet due to popular request since some folks didn’t want to install the full extension. The bookmarklet also works on a lot more than just Edge, it works on Safari, Chrome for Android, etc.

      I hear what you’re saying about the Edge conversion – it doesn’t look too hard to get it to work for Edge, however none of us have a Windows 10 device to test on. After a little shopping on Amazon, I was able to order a device that should help me develop an test the Edge extension. Hopefully we’ll have it released by next week!

      Thanks for the info!

      • Adam E.

        Thank you very much for taking the time to read my feedback and the effort to make a positive change for the user. I really appreciate that. I apologize if my post came as snappy or anything like that. I am more than willing to do any testing even though it sounds like it might be a straightforward port with minor tweaks.

        • Spent some time getting the extension set up for Edge, however it seems submitting to the store is restricted:

          “Submitting a Microsoft Edge extension to the Windows Store is currently a restricted capability.”

          We reached out to them and started the process so hopefully we’ll get approved at some point.

          In the meantime, we’ve fixed some issues with the API so your version of the extension should start correctly displaying the rating on the icon itself.

          • Adam E.

            Are there any updates regarding the release of the extension in the Microsoft Store?

            Also, after about a week, I confirm that the API changes/fixes did not make a difference in making the rating appear/overlay the extension icon. I still see the “-” instead of a number regardless of the product I’m viewing.

          • They still haven’t approved my application. Everything is fully submitted on our end and we’re just waiting for them to approve it.

  • Adam E.

    There you go!