I love Firefox. I love everything about Open Source, generally speaking, but I especially love Firefox. It’s fast, stable, standard compliant and cross-platform. I can export/import my old bookmarks from Linux into my new MacBook Pro without any hassle. I know that all the familiar websites I used to surf will look the same regardless of the underlying operating system. And I know I won’t have to restart that browser several times a day.
But what you do when the browser is not enough for your day to day job? You load it with some extensions, of course. Which is another beautiful thing about Firefox: its modularity allows third party developers to build cross-platform extensions that will make your life easier.
Here’s a list of my top 5 Firefox extensions that I constantly use. I have a lot of other, more contextual extensions that I use from time to time, but these are the ones that lasted in all my work environments. I know that I will use them in any Firefox setup I will make in the future.
StumbleUpon lets you “channelsurf” the best-reviewed sites on the web. It is a collaborative surfing tool for browsing, reviewing and sharing great sites with like-minded people. This helps you find interesting webpages you wouldn’t think to search for.
- Search and browse your bookmarks
- Access your bookmarks from any computer at any time
- Keep your bookmarks organized with tags
- Share your bookmarks with friends or anyone on the Web
- Import your existing Firefox bookmarks
- Bookmark frequently visited pages and access them from anywhere
- Search smarter with instant suggestions as you type in the search box
- Share web pages with friends
And what’s even better, is that Google is showing a great support for Firefox users, making a version of
[aff] which bundles all together. And the latest version will also let you extend it by adding your custom buttons, a very web 2.0 and social feature :-). After playing a little with this tool, I’ve put together a tutorial for creating your own google toolbar button, if you are interested. And you should be ;-).
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That’s all for my 5 extensions for power surfing. If you haven’t tried them yet, I strongly encourage you to do it, they will make your life better, as a blogger, as a web developer, or just as a normal power surfer.