Firefox is one of the three browsers I use on a regular basis, and it’s the only one I use on both my Mac and PC. One of the main reasons I usually open it up is to use one of my favorite addons (aka extensions) that is not available on either Chrome or Safari; then there are other times when things just seem to work better in Firefox. In any case, if you’re a Firefox and a social networking user, then here are five simple yet useful Firefox addons that may come in handy for you. It’s hard to pick just five when there are hundreds to choose from; so feel free to add your own suggestions in the comments.
This addon will automatically enlarge pictures that you scroll your mouse over on Facebook, Twitter, MySpace, Amazon, Picasa, Flickr, LinkedIn and Hi5. You may have heard of a similar addon that works just for Facebook, but this one gives you a larger variety of social networks to work with. Additionally, “each site can be enabled or disabled using the status bar menu and the addon settings dialog.”
This addon lets you easily share Web photos on Facebook, Picasa, Twitter, MySpace, Flickr and Photobucket. This is done by simply right clicking the photo and selecting the “Save to Dropico” option. You can also use the Dropico Media Manager sidebar to drag photos from any social network and drop them directly into Gmail, Yahoo Mail, WordPress and more. You will need to have a Dropico account to use both options.
This Web tool has been covered on Blogging Tips before, and also has a very useful Firefox addon. With it you can toggle the sidebar on any web page and see what your friends are sharing on Qwisk, Twitter and Facebook. It also adds two buttons to your Firefox toolbar: one for sharing the current page you’re browsing on Twitter and the other for sharing the current page on Facebook. Lastly, you can drag images from the Web and drop them to share on Twitter, Facebook and Qwisk.
If you are a user of HootSuite then this addon will be very handy for you. The Hootlet lets you share the current page you’re viewing on any account you have linked to your HootSuite account. Once installed you can click the toolbar button anytime to shorten a link, add your own text and then share it on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Ping.fm, MySpace and/or Foursquare. You can also add an image or file, schedule the message or save it as a draft. A similar, more advanced addon like this is Yoolink.
Well we’ve got photo and link sharing covered, but what about full Web content? Well, Amplify is great for that! First, you’ll need an account which is easy since you can login with your Facebook or Twitter account. From the toolbar button you’ll then be able to clip content from any Web page or just share the URL. You can then share the content or URL on any of the accounts you have linked to your Amplify account. Currently Twitter, Facebook, Google Buzz, Posterous, Tumblr, WordPress, Blogger, Ping.fm, Plurk, FriendFeed, Diigo, Delicious, Clipmarks and Bit.ly are supported.
Which social networking addon is your favorite?