Mozilla recently made a deal with Yahoo to take over the default search function in Firefox. Now, this is great news for competition and all but I don’t use Yahoo. I use Google. So, how can you set your default search from Yahoo (or anything else) back to Google? Follow these simple steps.
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This add-on hides the Ads panel in the right side of NEW (Oct. 2013) Yahoo! Mail’s Basic version, to give you a full-width Premium mail reading experience for free! The other option, of course is to pay $50 a year to Yahoo! Inc. Now, I am not one to usually promote hiding ads (because without them this website wouldn’t have a reason to exist) but for those who want it, here it is.
Want to opt out of being targeted by advertising networks out there? The Beef Taco add-on for Firefox will help protect you. Once installed, this extension sets permanent opt-out cookies to stop behavioral advertising for over 100 different advertising networks. Some of the companies include:
One big complaint about search engines is they are all rather vanilla with their visual representation. Wouldn’t it be better if you could color code things a ‘bit more? One Greasemonkey script that does a great job at this is Colorful Search.
Are you a webmail addict?
Maybe you share a browser between family members, and you both use different webmail clients? No matter the reason you need to use it – one thing is for sure. This plugin is one of the best to make sure you stay up to date with your latest e-mails.
You can also use multiple accounts in a same host. The Web Mail Notifier currently supports:
- mail.google.com(Gmail & Google Apps)
- mail.yahoo.com (yahoo.com, ymail.com, rocketmail.com, yahoo.co.jp)
- mail.live.com(hotmail.com, msn.com, live.com)
- www.nate.com(nate.com, empas.com)
- and more!
You can pick up the Web Mail Notifier add-on on the Mozilla Add-ons web site. By far one of the best webmail tools for Firefox.
Want to quickly search for more social media or search engine information for any web page or link on the Web? yExplore 2 is an excellent add-on for Firefox that does exactly that, and more.
By simply right-clicking on any page you can find out the following:
- Yahoo Site Explorer Backlinks & Index
- Google Backlinks, Index, Cache
- Bing Index
- Delicious saves for a domain.
- Highlighting of NoFollow links.
- Whois Info
- and much more!
You can get more information about yExplore 2 via TwisterMC.com or the Firefox Add-ons web site. It never hurts to do your homework when it comes to looking up more information about web site links or domains out there, and the yExplore 2 extension for Firefox makes that task a whole lot easier.
For more web development add-ons for Firefox, be sure to check out my hand-picked selection of the 10 best tools out there.
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.
There has been a lot of buzz around Inquisitor, the new search engine plugin for Firefox from Yahoo. It promises to “speed up your searches like no other”. Does it deliver?
The idea here is to search right from the search box, rather than be taken to a new page to view your search results. Inquisitor, over time, will learn to understand you better and tailor your results to suit your needs.
Keyboard shortcuts, that you can add yourself will help extend the searches to other search engine providers too.
It has pretty written all over it. Visually, this is one of the best looking add-ons for Firefox I have used in a really long time. Watch this video tease to see it in action.
For more information, be sure to check out the official site:
When push comes to shove, I am still a fan of the Firefox search box. If you want a powerful alternative to Inquisitor though, I would highly suggest the CyberSearch add-on from CyberNet News.
Filed under the “whoops! sorry about that!” department of PR over at Yahoo (then again, they haven’t changed it yet either). It appears when you go to Yahoo.com via Internet Explorer 7, you are given a message to upgrade to Firefox 3. How nice of them…
Thanks Yahoo, I am sure Mozilla and the Firefox team appreciates the support!
I dare you – no I triple Firefox dare you to find a better list of map related extentions and tools for any browser out there. Thanks to Firefox and some creative map loving developers there is no way you could ever get lost as long as you had a laptop, an internet connection and that lovable Firefox.
Map+ – View the Yahoo Map of any address without having to open a new tab or window.
Get directions from Google Maps – Highlight any address on the web and get directions.
PackageMapping.com Extension – Track your shipments via a map to see where exactly that electric toothbrush you ordered is.
Map This – Launch a Google Map for any address you select on the Web.
All Your Maps Are Belong To Us – convert any mapping service URL or address to Google Maps. Good one for the Google Map fan boys.
Mini Map Sidebar – Mapping sidebar suite for Mozilla Firefox.
GDirections – Find where your going or where you have been on Google and Yahoo Maps based on your selected text and one of various home addresses.
Shazou – A unique Japanese mapping service and tool that enables the user with one-click to map and geo-locate any website they are currently viewing.
GeoLocateFox – Find where any web site’s HQ is with this tool. It tells you the location if contains GeoLocation metadata within the HTML on the web page.
GMiF – An addon for Flickr that will tell you exactly where those photos were taken via Google Maps.
Locator – Finds any location via Google Maps.
Geo – Another extension that opens a Google Map for a web site’s location if it contains GeoLocation meta data or is geographically marked with ICBM.
Know of another I might have missed? Leave a comment and share!