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The Tiny Twitter Tool

Once upon a time there was a tiny Twiter tool called, TinyTweet.

This littlest add-on of them all spread joy a harmony throughout the Internets by allowing all those in Twitter land to send tweets to their friend, families and that guy who keeps spamming affiliate deals.  It didn’t do this by any normal means.  Oh no.  It did it’s work by simply highlighting text on any page.

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Raindrop Makes Communication Easier to Manage

Raindrop - Mozilla's Perfect Messanger?

Over the weekend I started checking out the newest project out of the Mozilla Labs, Raindrop.  To some it might sound a little like Google Wave – however it offers much more, and is also much easier to wrap your mind around. 

Here is more about the program, in a nutshell, from the developers:

When a friend’s link from YouTube or flickr arrives, your messaging client should be able to show the video or photos near or as part of the message, rather than rudely kicking you over to a separate browser tab. Notifications from computers and mailing lists should be organized for you, not clutter your Inbox or require tedious manual filter setup. It should be easy to smoothly integrate new web services into your conversation viewer entirely using open web technologies.

I am all about the “making things easier to manage” so I eagerly anticipate learning more about what Mozilla has planned for this service.  If you want to learn more about the fundamentals of Raindrop, watch this video:

Raindrop UX Design and Demo from Mozilla Messaging on Vimeo.

What do you think?  Are you excited, or does it look like another web trend that is doomed to trip over itself?  Leave a comment and let me know how excited you are about Raindrop.

Copy, Bookmark or Open Multiple Links

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Need to save a list of links, but don’t want to copy each one, one by one, individually?  Then you might check out Multi Links.  This Firefox add-on will let you open, copy, or bookmark multiple links, rather than having to handle each one individually. 

To get started, all you have to do is right-click and hold to drag a box around the links you want to effect or “take action” on.  When you release the mouse button, you will have opened, copied and/or bookmarked those links. 

Now how do you decide which of those actions you take?  You can customize that in the options.  Overall, Multi Links is a great add-on that simply adds a lot of functionality to your links and how Firefox relates to them.  If you spend a lot of time copying and pasting resources, this is an add-on you can not do without.

Make New Tabs Open Closer to Your Tab

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Some people may find the fact that Firefox opens a new tab on the far right of your tab toolbar a blessing and some might find it a curse.  It really has to do with how many tabs you are look at, in one single browser.  For those who are cursed today, I have your solution.  The Tabs Open Relative extension changes how new tabs open up, which means no more tab surfing for you.

Once installed, the Tabs Open Relative add-on for Firefox will make all new tabs open to the right of the current tab, rather than the far right of the tab bar.  Of course, this only applies when you are clicking links on a page.  In the case where several new tabs are opened in a row without switching tabs, each subsequent tab will be opened to the right of the previous one, so as to keep them in order.

So if this sounds like the solution to the tab navigating curse you’ve been living under, be sure to pick up this extension via the Firefox Add-ons site.  It is an easy way to fix this tabbed browser nuisance.

Headup Delivers You Related Content in Firefox

headup - giving you inline searches without leaving the page your browsing The idea of having a Firefox extension that gives you content related to what you are looking at is nothing new really, however I have found a Firefox add-on that will help you get it done in a new and exciting way. 

Headup underlines words on pages when you browser.  When you hover over those words, you get relevant content from popular web services. 

Headup - find more information as you browse Online

Technically speaking, they  “presents you with textual and rich media content related to the objects and terms it identifies on the pages you browse.”  Here are a few more examples from their web site:

Use Headup’s ability to recognize objects and relationships to discover all kinds of information quickly and effortlessly. Here are some examples:

  • Discover which of your friends like a particular band and gain access to the band’s videos and lyrics.
  • Find blog posts and stock news about a company and discover which of your contacts work there.
  • Get alerted about your friends’ birthdays and see which books they’re likely to enjoy as a gift.

Overall, I have to say it is an interesting idea – and a cool tool.  Sometimes these semantic plugins kind of confuse the general public, so I would really recommend playing with Headup to see if it is right for you.  You can pickup the Headup add-on on Headup.com or the Mozilla Add-ons web site.

TinyURL Generator

create shorter links, easily!

There are dozens of add-ons for Firefox that will generate any number of tiny URLs from any number of link shortening services.  With that said, I have one more to toss into the category, that may be a little more visually pleasing than some others I have shown you in the past.  The TinyURL Generator is a tiny extension in its own right that allows you to quickly.. well, generate a TinyURL to share.

It creates a TinyURL for the page you are currently viewing in the background.  The URL created is then copied to your clipboard, so that you can paste it anywhere you might need it instantly.  Here are a few more ways you can generate your sharable links:

  • Simply click the icon. A TinyURL is created as defined in the options dialog (default is normal TinyURL)
  • Right-Click the icon. This will give you the choice to create a normal TinyURL or one which is ‘Previewable’. The default type is shown in bold. This can be changed using the Optioins dialog.
  • Right Click any link on a page and select ‘Create TinyURL’ to create a TinyURL for the link destination.

You too can pickup the TinyURL Generator add-on for Firefox on the Firefox Add-ons web site.  For more link shortener extensions be sure to check out our list of the best URL shorteners for Firefox.

Shrink the Left-Hand Links in Gmail

Wanting to save some space in Gmail, or perhaps you’re just tired of the text-based main links to browse around your e-mail account?

The GMail Compactor user script will help you reclaim that space with style.

Shrink Gmail's Main Folders

As you can see, from the picture above, after you install this Greasemonkey user script, everything from your Compose Mail link down to your Contacts link are now minimized into very pretty icons.  As an extra benefit, you also still get the count of how many new messages are in some of your folders, such as Spam.  If you want to maximize the vertical real estate in Gmail, then pick up the Gmail Compactor user script.  (found via Lifehacker)

Shrink a Link with Foxy URL

Need a new way to shorten your links?  Foxy URL hopes to be the extension you turn to, in that situation.  This add-on for Firefox keeps it nice and simple.  After you install it, you just add the icon for it to your navigation toolbar.  Once that is done, click on the icon and your link is shortened.

Foxy URL link shortening in action!

Click the “copy to clipboard” button and you are ready to share your link with the world.  That is it.  No fancy features, no unwanted fuss.  You can pick up the Foxy URL add-on for Firefox at the Firefox Add-ons site or via their own web site at FoxyURL.com.

Looking Back at the Most Popular Firefox Facts

While checking out my Google Analytics stats for Firefox Facts, I thought it might be fun to look back and see what (so far) have been the top ten most popular items posted here on Firefox Facts.  We have some classics here, so I hope you enjoy.

Have a favorite post of yours that didn’t make it on the list?  Feel free to share it in the comments, and maybe we can put together a user’s list of some of the favorites we have had here over the years.