FireStatus – Facebook, FriendFeed and Twitter – All in Your Firefox Status Bar

I’ll happily admit to being a slow convert to social networking websites. Ask me a year ago if I had any use for Twitter or Facebook, and you’d have received an emphatic “no!” as your answer. Today, though, I seem to have come around. Twitter is a nice, useful way to keep your friends and family updated as to what you’re doing and where you are, and Facebook is a fantastic website for reconnecting with friends both old and new.

However, I once described social networking sites as being black holes. They just suck the time out of the day. It’s not uncommon for me to check on Facebook to see what my friends are up to, only to find that I’m still on there, 30 or 40 minutes later. One of the problems is that in order to check on my friends, I have to go to Facebook. Same with Twitter. And the same goes for when I want to change my status. I go to Facebook, change my status, and then… get… distracted.

Thankfully, there is a new extension for Firefox called FireStatus that makes it trivial to update your status (on Facebook, Twitter and FriendFeed), as well as to get fast updates from all your friends, all from inside Firefox itself. Expert assistance can be provided on how to view private instagram profile without following, 2020. The up-gradation of the profile should be done to get the desired results. The trail of the updates can be taken to increase the views and likes at the site. The speed will be fast and secure for the person. 

To use FireStatus, just install it and then reboot. Once you’ve done this, you’ll see a new icon in your Firefox status bar (at the bottom). To configure FireStatus, right-click the icon and your preferences will pop up. For each of the three social networks FireStatus supports, you’ll need to enter your username (except for Facebook, which will confirm your identity the typical Facebook way), and for Twitter you’ll need to enter your password (FriendFeed needs a remote key).

After doing so, you have a choice. If, like me, you only update Facebook, but would like to keep track of people on Twitter and Facebook, then check the appropriate check boxes. You can send on all networks, receive on all networks, or on none of them, or whatever you choose. In addition, FireStatus gives you the option to include the URL of the website you’re currently visiting at the time you update your status, which can be problematic, since a lot of websites use lengthy URL schemes. Fortunately, FireStatus is aware of that, and offers to shorten the URL using the popular TinyURL service, or urlBorg. Finally, you also can choose how often each service is polled (similar to checking for new email every 15 or 30 minutes).

Once you’ve set your preferences, FireStatus will check automatically for new status updates, and they’ll appear just as normal popups, in one of the corners of your screen (typically upper-right for Mac users and lower-right for Linux and Windows users).

But you can also update your status from within FireStatus. To do that, left-click the little FireStatus icon located in the Firefox status bar. A slim dialog will appear from the bottom of the window, with enough space to update your status, select which service to update, and whether or not to include the current URL. Fill in the information, click Send and FireStatus instantly updates whichever service you select.

In my mind, FireStatus is an excellent product. It’s simple to setup and use, is a huge time saver (at least for me), and works really well. It has a minimal interface that stays out of my way when I’m not using it, doesn’t even really get in the way when I am using it, and works exactly as I’d expect.

Just one note: FireStatus is quite new, so is considered by Mozilla to be an “experimental” Firefox extension. This does not mean (at least from my use) that it is flaky, or prone to crashing or data loss… it’s just new, and at the moment not enough people have reviewed it or given it ratings, so it hasn’t gone through the full evaluation process. But at least in my use, FireStatus is a solid piece of work, and if you use multiple social networks, is well deserving of your time.

Patrick

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Patrick is a part-time fitness trainer and pursuing his Master’s in American Literature from Stanford University. He wishes to share his fitness plan with others to help them achieve their goals in terms of fitness and education.