Tired of getting suggestions through the search box in Firefox? There is a really easy way you can disable that feature of the browser. These suggestions are data pulled in from the search engines themselves. Firefox merely retrieves the search suggestions from the search engines, and displays the list to assist you in selecting a search phrase that has been used by many other users throughout the world before.
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Do you like how Google’s suggest feature works in the Firefox search box? I do. I just wish my favorite online realtor, Amazon.com, provided the same functionality for it’s own search. You too? Well, you are in luck – because I just tracked down the tool for the job – Amazon Search Suggestions.
This is the best way to add Amazon search suggestions to the search box in your browser. Having the suggestions in hand, you will really be able to speed up your shopping. This is much better than the default Amazon search, for one obvious reason – the suggestions you get. Not only does this provide you with a quicker way to search. It also helps with catching spelling mistakes and saving keystrokes.
You can pick up this addition to the Firefox browser over at the Firefox Add-ons web site.
Is there much you can do to improve on the modern search engines? They all do the same thing, so it comes down to who does it best – but is that the end of it? Maybe not. Inserting a cloud of search terms may help make even the best search engine out there even better. Search Cloudlet inserts smart tag clouds into Google and Yahoo interface to help you search faster.
The way this add-on for Firefox works is that it contains the most relevant information about the search term in question. The more important the word, the bigger it gets in the text link cloud. Here is more about the add-on from the developers:
If you often use Google or Yahoo to search through news or blogs, then Search Cloudlet is exactly what you need. For News search there are Source Cloud and Location Cloud. These clouds can help you determine country, region or state of the found news and their publishers. For Blogs search there is also Author Cloud view. You can use these context-aware clouds to narrow your search the same way you would do it with tag clouds.
Want another way to find out what other people are looking at? The Fast Forward add-on for Firefox is an interesting one. It adds a fast forward button to the browser, so you can see what is the top page that most people look at after looking at the page you are on. For example, if you were on FirefoxFacts.com, and hit the button – it might lead you to Mitchelaneous.com, because more people went to that web site next more so than any other web site online.
They describe it as Amazon recommendations for web pages. Such as, “People who viewed this page also viewed this next page…”. Why use FastForward compared to StumbleUpon? Here are the reasons they give:
- Page Relevance – We give relevant results based on the page you are on, it isn’t something random.
- No Registration. We don’t ask for any personal information to use the service.
- Only 1 button – We only add 1 small FastForward button, not a toolbar.
They boast having over 200,000 people contributing and over 40,000 websites in our system. So, chances are you should find some good results (for at least popular web sites). You can learn more at buzzbox.com or pick up the extension on Firefox’s add-on web site.
Having a hard time finding the right mix of Firefox add-ons that are right for you? Well, Mozilla has taken some of the work out of the process with Fashion Your Firefox. From here, you can choose from several different personality types and then get the best mixture of Firefox extensions to make your browsing experience even better. Do you fit into any of these categories?
Finder and Seeker
“I want to make finding information on the Web simpler and more relevant to me.”
“I love social networks! I keep track of friends and family, share photos, organize events, and am always looking for ways to stay connected.”
“I love to view and share pictures and videos online.”
Digital Pack Rat
“I want a hassle-free way to keep track of my favorite sites, bookmarks, blogs and, well, everything!”
“Music and the Web go together like rock stars and leather — I love to listen while I surf, work, email or research online.”
“I decorate my room, my office, even myself! So why not decorate my browser?”
“I love to shop online and am always looking for ways to take advantage of great online deals.”
“I want to know what’s happening in the world as it happens. And the weather helps me plan my week — temperature, please!”
“I need a better way to make lists and organize myself (no more sticky notes!).”
Another great idea from the Mozilla team. If you want to learn more about the back-end of things, be sure to check out the Mozilla Add-ons blog post about the newest addition to the Firefox customization family: http://blog.mozilla.com/addons/2008/11/18/fashion-your-firefox-a-new-distribution-channel-for-add-ons/
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