Time is money and social media sure can suck the life out of your workday clock, especially if you’re not using the right tools. Firefox is the necessary browser for anyone embarking on the journey to social media success. But, out of the box it’s not so snazzy. The beauty of Firefox is in the Addons (plugins for more functionality). These are my picks for best Firefox addons for social media that help me in the day to day grind of social media domination.
I love this add, it adds Twitter as an option in the search box, right next to the URL address bar, letting you search for whatever you want in Twitter straight from your browser. Along with my other additions of Bing, Google, Amazon, and many other search areas, it’s a handy dandy way to find exactly what I’m looking for.
Social Media for Firefox
A nifty addon that let’s you see the social media activity of any given blog post or webpage, and vote/submit that page to several social media sites. Shows the number of Diggs, Reddit Votes, Stumble Thumbs and or Reviews, and Del.icio.us tags, Tweets, Sphinns, Mixx, and Tip’d votes. Also scans these social media sites to show you what content hasn’t been submitted to other social news sites so you can be the first to add it. (Bit.ly support was recently added to.)
StumbleUpon Firefox Addon
I still believe Stumble Upon has a big place in most social media marketer’s toolbox, and the Stumble Upon toolbar this addon creates is basically all you’ll need to manage your presence there. You can easily connect with friends and share your discoveries, meet people that have similar interests, and check out what other people are discovering — all from this toolbar.
FireShot Firefox Addon
Seriously, if you’re a blogger, you are likely taking screenshots at every turn. This addon rocks! FireShot creates screenshots of web pages (entirely or just visible part). Unlike other extensions, this plugin provides a set of editing and annotation tools, which let users quickly modify web captures and insert text annotations and graphical annotations. Such functionality will be especially useful for web designers, testers and content reviewers.
SEO Firefox Addons
Beginner: SearchStatus Addon
Advanced: SEOQuake Addons
Advanced: SEO for Firefox by SEOBook
I’ve listed 3 tools here, because there definitely is a big difference between beginner’s and advanced. You’ll want to use whatever is comfortable for you, because you’ll likely be using them often. This is especially true if you’re a blogger or serious online marketer. If you’re just beginning your journey, I’d suggest Search Status because it’s simplified and easier to navigate. You’ll also avoid getting more information than you needed to start.
Those who are advanced bloggers or site owners, may want to take a look at SEOQuake and SEO for Firefox, with one word of caution. There have been reports that unexperienced SEOQuake users who are not aware of Google’s IP Banning policy, have contributed to their server’s IP address getting banned. This is because SEO Quake pulls data directly from Google, if you use it too much from the same IP address, that can be a problem. I use SEO Quake, but only when necessary because it’s data is that good for SEO.
Note: Most tools that provide this kind of data have the same risk as SEO Quake, I’ve just never ran into a report of it causing banned IP addresses…
Here’s a break down of what each offers:
Search Status — Display the Google PageRank, Alexa rank, Compete ranking and SEOmoz Linkscape mozRank anywhere in your browser, along with fast keyword density analyser, keyword/nofollow highlighting, backward/related links, Alexa info and more.
SEO Quake — Includes a toolbar that shows the same information as Search Status for every page that is currently in your browser window. It goes one major step further and allows you to investigate key SEO parameters in the SERPs (search engine rankings). Parameters include Google PR (Google PageRank of current page), Google Index (Number of indexed pages. Google version), Google link (Number of links, pointed to the current page. Google version (Except links from concerned domain)), similar parameters for many other search engines (Yahoo, MNS, Yandex, Rambler, Baidu) and some other miscellaneous parameters. You can even set up custom parameters if you’re an SEO ninja.
SEO for Firefox – A groovy button that allows you to find out much of the Search Status information, inside the browser for the specific page your on. Parameters include: PR (Google PageRank) an estimated measure of global link authority; Age of the domain pulled from Archive.org, shows the first time a page was indexed by Archive.org’s spider. The theory is that if Archive.org found a page so did many of the major search engines; Links (Yahoo! linkdomain) shows a rough estimate of the total number of links pointing at a domain; .edu Link: (Yahoo! .edu linkdomain ) shows a rough estimate of the total number of .edu links pointing at a domain; .edu Page Link: (Yahoo! .edu link ) shows a rough estimate of the total number of .edu links pointing at a specific page; .gov Link: (Yahoo! .gov linkdomain ) shows a rough estimate of the total number of .gov links pointing at a domain; Page Links: (Yahoo! link) shows a rough estimate of the total number of links pointing at a page; del.icio.us: number of times a URL has been bookmarked on Del.icio.us. Heavily skewed toward techy / Web 2.0 stuff; Technorati: an estimate of the total number of links to a site from blogs; Alexa: rank based on website traffic . Heavily skewed toward internet marketing and webmaster related resources; Cached: (Google site:) shows how many pages from a site are indexed in Google; dmoz: searches the Google Directory to count the total number of pages from a site that are listed in DMOZ, and the total number of pages listed in DMOZ that reference that URL; Bloglines: shows you how many people are subscribed to a particular blog via Bloglines; dir.yahoo.com: is a site listed in the Yahoo! Directory or not; WhoIs: makes it easy to look up the whois data for any site.
I use all three, because each has a function and feature the other does not. And, how does all this fit into your social media activities? Well, if you’ve gotten to the point where you are learning to leverage your time, your travels in social media and using your time wisely by doing more than one thing – these tools can be tremendously helpful in gaining a “feel” for your competition and other areas of your online marketing.