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Foxmarks is Dropping the Fox (Xmarks Review)

Foxmarks is now Xmarks Foxmarks, one of my favorite Firefox add-on suggestions for bookmark syncing and backup, is changing names today.  Foxmarks is becoming Xmarks(Waits for the “X marks the spot jokes)  The new Xmarks service looks to be more geared towards sharing links, ala Stumble Upon and Digg. 

Why make the move?  Well, one would guess that sharing links might be a more profitable business model, more so than bookmark syncing alone.  Via the Xmarks blog, here are some FAQs for those of you who might have questions about the change:

  • Xmarks is a superset of Foxmarks – it adds web discovery features to our world-class bookmark sync.
  • If you choose to upgrade to Xmarks, it will work seamlessly with your existing Foxmarks account and will sync with your other computers running Foxmarks.
  • Foxmarks.com and our existing Foxmarks add-ons won’t change overnight. We expect to have upgrades to all three Foxmarks versions available by the end of March and we’ll provide you with more detailed info once we return from the DEMO conference.
  • We’re still hard at work finding better, faster ways to sync more things in your browser.

So what new features will be brought on with the new business model?

Smarter Search – In your Google search results, Xmarks will highlight the top three sites based on bookmarking history.  Put your mouse over the special icon to the side of the search results to learn more information such as reviews, and rankings.

Smarter Search in Xmarks

Site Info Lookup – Clicking on the Xmarks logo in your location bar will bring up a detailed box letting you know more information about the site you are on, and help you discover other sites just like it.

Site Info Lookup in Xmarks

Then of course, you have the bookmark and password backup and syncing capabilities that Foxmarks already brought to the table.  The Xmarks browser add-on is Firefox only right now, but they promise to have Internet Explorer and Safari versions running soon.  Firefox fans can grab the Xmarks add-on here to try it out.  It is worth pointing out that you can install Xmarks even if you have the Foxmarks add-on installed on your computer. Xmarks will upgrade your current Foxmarks add-on and continue to sync and back up your bookmarks (and optionally passwords).

So what do you think about the change?  Excited about the new features, or disappointed that an old Firefox friend is changing its ways?

TwitterFox Rocks

Twittering with TwitterFox After posting a review of Twitbin last week, I got a lot of people e-mailing me to check out another favorite Twitter tool in Firefox called TwitterFox.  This add-on for Firefox notifies you of your friends’ status on Twitter. 

Isn’t that what Twitbin did?  Yes, but Twitbin lived in your sidebar.  TwitterFox lives in your status bar.  The ever-so-small icon in the status bar will notify you when your friends update their own Twitter profiles.

Some of the features added to TwitterFox 1.7.6 include:

  • Supported Firefox 3.1b2
  • Added a context menu to each tweets which has: copy, re-tweet, open this tweet in new tab , delete tweet
  • Auto extract is.gd and bit.ly links.
  • Added Mark all as read menu item to main context menu.
  • Increased contrast of background color of read/unread messages.
  • Added in-reply-to-status-id parameter for status update.
  • Added da-DK, th-TH, vi-VN, ar-SA, ar, and kw-GB translations.
  • Bug fixes.

Need your first Twitter friend, or want to follow me and my Firefoxing ways? 

Follow me on Twitter at:  http://twitter.com/mitchkeeler

As you can see, there is a lot to love here for any Firefox/Twitter fan boy (or girl).  You can pickup TwiterFox via the Firefox Add-ons site or the official web site at TwitterFox.net

Twitbin – Best Twitterer for Firefox?

Twitbin Need an add-on for Firefox that will allow you to keep up with the latest news or posts from your Twitter friends?  Twitbin is probably the best and most popular Twitter extension for Firefox.  Now let me tell you why.

Twitbin sits in your Firefox sidebar, showing you all the latest tweets from your friends.  You can join in the conversation yourself too.  You can send messages, receive messages, share links and more. 

Some features of the newest 2.0 version of Twitbin include:

Apart from design changes, you can now favorite people as well as view only facorited posts. You can now Retweet by clicking the icon under the avatar, as well as favorite, @ reply, and go to the persons homepage (if they have one).

Here is a video showing you the how Twitbin works:


Twitbin Screencast from brbreslin on Vimeo.

You can pick up the extension on the Twitbin.com web site or the Firefox Add-ons site.  If you are new to Twitter, or if you just want to see what I am up to, feel free to follow me there as well. 

Social Network Updating with PingFire

Ping.fm makes it simple to update all of your social network pages in a snap.  The only thing that would make it even easier to use, is if there was a Firefox add-on based around it.  PingFire is that tool. 

Ping.fm is a cool tool in its own right.  It allows you to updates twitter, jaiku, tumblr, pownce, facebook, myspace and more all in one single place.  This PingFire extension just adds onto that functionality – by allowing to to use PingFire from anywhere.

PingFire in Action

PingFire supports all of Ping.fm’s contents types, your custom triggers, as well as Ping.fm’s posting shortcuts. It also includes a “Quote” feature which post the selected text and the URL to Ping.fm.

You can pick up this handy status updating tool from the Firefox Add-ons web site.

Launch Plurk in a Floating Sidebar of Productivity

mobile-plurk-sidebar I have made not secret that I am a big fan of Plurk, one of the newer social status micro blogging services out there.  I needed a way to keep tabs on it without taking over any of my current browser real estate though.  The solution?  Another bookmarklet!

This one I call mini plurk.  After you have clicked, it will launch a popup window you can move around to where you need it so you can both browse the web and Plurk about it at the same time. 

Just drag and drop this bookmarklet to your bookmarks toolbar:

mini plurk

That isn’t the only Plurk love I have for you though:

So do you like to Plurk or do you need a friend?  Feel free to add your favorite Firefox fanatic to your own friends list. (*cough* that would be me *cough*)

Add-on Cage Match, Mahalo Share vs Shareaholic!

Time to have us a good old extension cage match. In one corner you have the Hawaiian punch of the link sharing world – Mahalo Share. In the other, weighing in with way too many link sharing resources is Shareaholic. Here is what each brings to the table…

Mahalo Share – Share and recommend Web pages across many different services; recommend a link once and have it automatically posted to any of Twitter, del.icio.us, MySpace, Ma.gnolia, Jaiku, your Tumblr blog, Facebook, Pownce, StumbleUpon, Mahalo, Faves, or Google Bookmarks.

Shareaholic – Found something awesome online and can’t wait to pass it on? Tired of copying and pasting endless URLs? Shareaholic allows you to share, bookmark, and e-mail web pages quickly via a wide array of web 2.0 social websites without cluttering up your browser!

For those looking for a smaller addon, that is simple and get the job done, I would recommend Mahalo Share. Fore the people wanting an add-on that does a little ‘bit of everything in one spot, then for you we have Shareaholic. Both have their advantages so I am afraid I would have to call this one a draw.

Mahalo Follow

I am a big fan of Mahalo – an alternative to your traditional search engine. I didn’t have a clue until now though that they had a toolbar too. Mahalo Follow gives you all kinds of goodies to help you use Mahalo and a handful of other bonus services.

Screenshot of Mahalo Follow

Some of the features of Mahalo Follow for Firefox are:

  • You can quickly recommend links to Mahalo for search results
  • Share your recommended links on Twitter, Faves, del.icio.us, Google Bookmarks, Stumble Upon and more.
  • Follow Mahalo results from the toolbar
  • Follow links and do a little random browsing of the Web, based on links to relative content

For those of you not up on what Mahalo is, it is a human powered search engine. All the search results are put together by the community, and by doing it this way you can often get results that make much more sense and that are at a higher level of relevancy than your traditional searches.

Pick up Mahalo Follow for yourself. If your a fan of the Mahalo search, I would highly recommend it as a useful addition to that Web tool.

ShareThis – Makes Link Swapping Easy!

Share it All!

It isn’t often that I find one of these social “all in one” tools that I really like. They are usually lacking in a few areas or tossing so much stuff in my face, I don’t know how to even get started. One place that seems to have learned from the bad and the good to roll out an awesome service is ShareThis.com.

This service makes it super easy to get to sharing just about anything at just about all the biggest bookmarking and social link sharing web sites out there. With the Firefox extension you gain a button for your toolbar that when hit, will pop up a box letting you e-mail the link to others or post it to your diggs, stumble upons and deliciouses of the world.

Another neat feature I have yet to see anywhere else is the ability to scan your contacts at MySpace, Facebook, Yahoo Mail, AOL Mail, GMail, AIM and others so that when you send a link to a friend, you can pick exactly how it is sent to them an via which platform you’d like to send it.

If you don’t want to have to install the extension, you can also gain a lot of the same features by adding the bookmarklet to your links as well. All in all, I would say that ShareThis is a winner and one of the more impressive Firefox additions I have seen in a while.

Me.dium – Follow Your Friends

Me.diumSome of the new tools and services out there with the social kink in them have yet to really impress me. One of the few that does the job though and does it well is Me.dium. This service, along side the Firefox extension that comes with it is something I think everybody should try out.

The neat thing about Me.dium is it opens up an entire new world that many might not see behind the web site your visiting. Talking with others that might be on the same web page you are on is a neat experience. Also they give you recommendations of other web pages you should visit based on the one you are at right now too.

Browse with friends or make new ones, the possibilities for the future of this application are endless.

If you get tired of it or you don’t want to use it all the time, just click the browser icon to turn it on and off. The tool lives in your sidebar, so you don’t have to worry about messing up the layout or visual of the current web site you are on either.

There is a world behind each web site you visit, so get to exploring!

Socially Share it Everywhere

Share it Everywhere!Are you a Shareaholic? If so – you need help.

The Shareaholic extension for Firefox makes it easy for you to submit the web page you’re viewing to digg, del.icio.us, facebook, google bookmarks, reddit and stumbleupon. If you prefer, you can also e-mail the web page to a friend.

There are a lot of social engines out there – are you sharing with them all? Usually folks pick one or two services and stick with them, but if you want to use them all then this is the Firefox extension for you. If you need a web site to start sharing, how about FirefoxFacts.com?