Here’s how to turn Mozilla Firefox into a social butterfly. Twitter Search, HootBar, Google+ Manager, StumbleUpon and more
Move over, RockMelt. You don’t need a dedicated social networking browser to stay überconnected. Here are 10 Firefox add-ons (all compatible with the latest version of Firefox) that will turn your browser into a social butterfly.
On the leftmost end of the Facebook Toolbar is a button for toggling the “Friends Sidebar” on and off. This sidebar shows a running list of your pals’ latest status updates, so you can keep up-to-date as you browse other parts of the Web.
To use Twitter Search, simply go up to your browser’s address bar and type a Twitter username (complete with the @) or hashtag (with the #), and press Enter. Twitter Search will take you directly to that page.
HootBar adds two buttons to your browser: a little Twitter bird in the address bar, and a Hootlet button between the address bar and the search bar. To update your Twitter account, you just type your tweet into the address bar and click the Twitter bird button; the Hootlet button gives you more options. You can use multiple accounts with HootBar (just add –accountname after each tweet), schedule messages, and track stats. You will need a HootSuite account.
Although Google+ Manager offers a lot of options for navigating directly to your Google+ account, remember that it works only on Google Web pages.
Clicking the latter yields a drop-down menu of options for connecting with the business-oriented social network. From that menu you can see your recent LinkedIn profiles and searches, find people or jobs, add contacts, and check out LinkedIn JobsInsider–basically, just about everything you’d normally do on LinkedIn. LinkedIn JobsInsider is a sidebar that shows your “inside connections” as you browse jobs (in other words, it shows whether you know a person who knows a person).
Yoono currently supports AIM, Facebook, Flickr, Foursquare, FriendFeed, Google Talk, LinkedIn, MySpace, Twitter, Yahoo Messenger, and YouTube.
When you find an amazing page that you want to share, simply click the Shareaholic button to see a drop-down menu. Select the service you want to use (default services on the list include Amazon Wishlist, Bit.ly, Delicious, Digg, Evernote, Facebook, Google Buzz, LinkedIn, and Twitter), and share away.
To generate a TinyURL, go to the page you want to link to, and then click the link button. A TinyURL will automatically generate and copy to the Clipboard, and then you can paste it anywhere–on Facebook, Google+, Twitter, the Excel sheet you’re working on, you name it.
The StumbleUpon Firefox add-on not only lets you “stumble” and rate pages, but also gives you buttons for sharing pages with social networks (Facebook, Twitter) and by email, as well as buttons for interacting with the StumbleUpon community. In other words, this toolbar is perfect for content junkies who need fresh material.
The Pearltrees Firefox add-on makes curating Pearltrees a cinch. The add-on inserts three buttons to the left of your browser’s address bar: a pearl button that lets you add the page you’re browsing to your current tree; a button for choosing where to put your pearl; and a home button that takes you to your Pearltree account.
See? Social networking doesn’t have to be a time-consuming chore. With these add-ons, keeping current on all the latest news should be a snap.Related Download
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