Firefox 17 adds social API

Facebook is now integrated into Mozilla's browser
Darren Allan

November 21, 2012

Mozilla has pushed out a new Firefox browser which comes with social integration.

To achieve this, Mozilla has introduced a new social API which lets social services be fully integrated with the browser – by means of a social sidebar, and toolbar notification buttons. Folks will also be able to chat directly within Firefox, too.

Facebook Messenger for Firefox is the first preview example of the service, which you can use by downloading the latest version of Mozilla’s browser (17).

You’ll need to visit the Facebook Messenger for Firefox page and click “Turn On” in order to do just that, and start using the social integration.

In a blog post, Mozilla noted: “Once you enable the feature, you’ll get a social sidebar with your Facebook chat and updates, like new comments and photo tags. You’ll also get notifications for messages, friend requests and more that you can respond to right from your Firefox toolbar.”

Support for further services outside of Facebook will be added soon enough, presumably beginning with Twitter.


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