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November 10, 2007 4:45 PM

Firefox Extensions That Make Me A Better Marketer

While speaking at CommerceThink '07 for Google this week, I spent the first day sitting next to Avinash Kaushik, who told me all about a Firefox extension called, DownThemAll!, that enables you to download everything off of a single Web page. This comes in handy after conferences when you're given a link to an individual Web page that houses all of the presentations.

It got me thinking about how I've switched from Microsoft Internet Explorer exclusively to Firefox because of the extensions. It's also the main reason why I have not had any interest in trying out Flock. It also got me thinking about the many extensions I use on a daily basis, and how they make me a much more efficient Marketer. I thought I would share them with you in the hopes that you would share some of the ones you use.

Here we go:

- Alexa Sparky - this one gives me some quick Alexa website rankings live on the page.
- del.icio.us - enables to save, tag and bookmark info on the fly.
- FireFTP - great little FTP app. This is how I get Six Pixels of Separation - The Twist Image Podcast from my laptop to your ears.
- Google Notebook - another great little extension that gives me my Google Notebook as I need it.
- Google Reader Notifier - one of my pet peeves about Google Reader is that it only tells you how many items you have up to 1000. This extension gives me the full number of items I need to read.
- Video Downloader - lets me grab videos from YouTube and other video sharing sites, so I can convert them later on for presentations.
- SEO For Firefox - there's some SEO gold in this extension. From the good people at SEO Book.

Any Firefox extension gems that I am missing?

By Mitch Joel


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  • Posted by Peter A. Mello
    Mitch Joel

    Great post! Thanx!

    I also find these addons useful:
    Trailfire to place notes on pages;
    Social Media Tool Bar for Digg, StumbleUpon and del.icio.us;
    ClipMarks;
    Real Player Recorder;
    Google ToolBar for Firefox and Google Gears;
    PDF Download;
    Blog This in Windows Live Writer; TinyUrl Creator;
    and Wordpress.com Sidebar.

    Downloaded and offloaded Flock. Firefox Fan!

    Enjoy the blog and podcast every week. Thanks!

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  • Posted by Chris Wilson
    Mitch Joel

    Hey, Mitch,

    My 2 most used extensions are Google Notebook and Firescribe. You already mentioned the Notebook extension, so I'll just talk about FireScribe.

    Firescribe lets you hook up any/all blogs that you post to, and start writing a blog from your browser. You can grab and use content from any web page and move it to your post. You can also open older posts (and pages) and edit them, or update tags. If you're not logged into your blog, its the fastest way to write and post.

    If you see something you might want to use later, you can grab it, or write a note about it and save it. Then come back and write later.

    Reply
  • Posted by Connie Bensen
    Mitch Joel

    I had over 20 ext's in Firefox & recently changed to flock. And do you know that until I read your post, I never realized I didn't have them? I assumed they had migrated over.

    So after a week & half I'm apparently not missing them. I like a lot of things about flock. I like the people link where I can see the facebook prompts & if I have friend invites waiting.

    Connie

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  • Posted by Melvin Yuan
    Mitch Joel

    hi Mitch! Love your post and wanted to add one bit to it:

    Screengrab!
    http://www.screengrab.org/

    Allows your to capture a snapshot of the visible portion, a selection or the entire page... useful for presentations.

    Reply
  • Posted by Angela Parker
    Mitch Joel

    I like SEO Quake. I find that having all that SEO information on every website I visit (in a neat little bar across the top) really helps.

    Reply
  • Posted by Mike Kujawski
    Mitch Joel

    Mitch,
    The Social Media Toolbar is a must. It combines Delicious, Digg and Stumble Upon and has an auto-tag feature that can be turned on or off.

    Also, the LinkedIn and Plaxo toolbars are great for snatching contact information from websites and automatically synchronizing your "collected" contact database across multiple social media apps.

    I have also become a fan of the new Google Bookmarks toolbar (which I use in addition to Delicious) since it provides an additional method for me to organize pages when doing research for clients. You can subscribe to an RSS feed of these bookmarks as well.

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  • Posted by Avinash Kaushik
    Mitch Joel

    Here are some of my favorites:

    BugMeNot: I am one of those people who hate setting up a account just to read a article.

    http://roachfiend.com/archives/2005/02/07/bugmenot/

    Now I just right mouse click in the login field and choose "login with bug me not"!

    Adblock: I am simply assuming everyone has this, it is the first plugin I install!

    https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/10?id=10

    FLST: Focus Last Selected Tab. I find it annoying that after I close a tab FF takes me to the tab open right next to it. I want to go back to the last tab I was reading.

    https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/32

    Google Images Re-Linker: When I search for images in Google, take me directly to the image (not the webpage!):

    http://roachfiend.com/archives/2005/03/06/google-images-re-linker/

    IETab: A page not working well in FF, simply click this button to render that page in IE (in FireFox!!!). I never need to open IE:

    http://ietab.mozdev.org/

    Enjoy! :)

    -Avinash.

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  • I feel bad for people who don't read the comments in Blogs.

    Look at all of these amazing resources.

    Reply
  • Posted by Gautier
    Mitch Joel

    Hello Mitch,

    What was the life before Firefox ?

    All of the extensions everyone mentionned are just great.
    By the way, let me just some others :

    MAB (Mozilla Amazon Browser) : scrawl the entire world of amazon. I've discover it recently and thinking about rebuilt for Archambault.ca

    WASP by Stephane Hamel (web analyst in Montreal) : help you to discover all the web analytics solution hidden inside every website.

    Hope to ear from you shortly.

    Gautier.

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  • Posted by Eric Baillargeon
    Eric Baillargeon

    Hi Mitch,

    Sorry to say, but you seem to use FF extension 1.0 ;-)

    GreaseMonkey (a ton of useful scripts at userscripts.org)
    Search Status
    All-in-one Gesture
    AddBlock (not Addblock+) with Filterset.G Updater
    Data Analytics
    Better Gmail
    Extended Copy Menu
    GoldoRank
    Operator
    User Agent Switcher
    Web Developer
    Webaroo Search Radar
    SEOQuake (same as SEO forFirefox)
    Google Global
    Copy All URLs
    Boost by StudioLD (Facebook)

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  • Posted by Evan Hamilton
    Mitch Joel

    Hey Mitch,

    Nice post. FYI, most Firefox extensions work in Flock or can be easily made to work in Flock. Only a handful outright don't work. We also have our own (small) extensions catalog on our website.

    Evan Hamilton
    Flock Community Ambassador
    evan at flock dot com

    Reply
  • There are some great tools and insights here - many thanks.

    I guess I'll have to play with Flock a little bit more over the Holiday Season.

    Reply
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