Google Browser Sync is thus far getting an A+ for idea and conception, and a C- for execution. As Cote discusses, Google Browser Sync is extending intrinsically about making the thin client even more portable, about extending our personalization of the browser out beyond the boundaries of a single machine. Unsuprisingly, I love the idea. Here’s what I said back in September:
Or take the example where Jon Udell talked recently of his ability to leave his laptop in the bag during a two week vacation. I find that even with thin-clients, I prefer my implementation of Firefox to someone else’s, because its customized uniquely to me. The network may well be my computer, but I’ll take my version of the terminal over someone else’s.
While I’ve had individual pieces of the Google offering before – I’ve used bookmark syncing extensions and I’ve been a huge SessionSaver fan since I first ran across it – but I’ve never had them all together, in one place. So conceptually, I’m not only predisposed to Google Browser Sync, I’m 100% sold.
So what’s the problem? Well, I can’t get it to work. I don’t know if it’s another Google Analytics style scalability issue or if it’s just not ready for someone that regularly keeps 20 tabs open and runs a dozen extensions, but it simply won’t sync for me. All I get is the error pictured above – a timeout. I’ve tried every couple of hours for two days, and so far, no joy.
Is anyone else seeing this, or is it just me?