15 Firefox Add-Ons to Tame Social Media Addicts

Freelancers and web workers have it really hard. People think it’s all fun and games sitting on a chair and working at home all day, but man, do we have to keep ourselves focused.

It’s easy to get side tracked quite a bit with a social media or news addiction, and not to mention the urge to check email every twenty minutes or so. To keep my mind from wandering excessively on the web I use quite a few Firefox add-ons. Below are fifteen that I use on a regular basis which have helped me maintain my productivity while still feeding my web addiction.

  • Badges On Favicon : Adds a badge to the favicons which shows numeric snippets of information from the page, for example your unread mails from Gmail or the stock quotes from Yahoo Finance.
  • ScribeFire : A full-featured blog editor that integrates with your browser and lets you easily post to your blog. If you are looking to quick update your blog, this can save quite a bit of time and increase productivity.
  • Cool Previews : Allows you to preview links and images without leaving your current page or tab. Mouse over any link, and a separate preview window immediately appears to show you the content. An extremely useful Firefox add-on that will save a ton of time.
  • Update Scanner : Monitors web pages for updates. It is extremely useful and allows you to track updates for sites that don’t provide Atom or RSS feeds. You can select how often each sites are scanned for updates, and any changes to the page are highlighted so you can see the recent updates without really having to search on the page.
  • Read It Later : If you are looking for an easy way to save pages that you want to read later, this Firefox add-on is the answer. Read It Later eliminates cluttering of bookmarks with sites that are merely of a one-time interest.
  • Fireshot : As a web worker there is a constant need to take screen shots. Fireshot allows you to capture the entire screen or only the area that is visible. The plugin also provides tools to modify web captures and insert text annotations and graphical annotations.
  • Hyperwords : Adds an option to the mouse right click that will allow you to find more information related to a particular word. For example, if you are reading an article and you would like to see Wikipedia entry for a word, highlight the word and right click, go to references and click on Wikipedia.
  • Firefox Tab Manager : If you are like me, you probably have 20 tabs open at the same time. Managing tabs will certainly help your productivity and that’s where Vertigo comes in. Vertigo moves all your tabs to the left of the browser and stacks vertically for easy access.
  • Down Them All : This is one of those add-ons that you don’t really know you need it until you use it. It allows you to download all the links or images contained in a webpage and much more.
  • Twitter Bar : There is no denying that twitter is both an essential tool and a productivity killer. If you use twitter mostly to share interesting links, this add-on is a huge time saver. You can share links to articles that you are reading straight from your browser address bar.
  • Autocopy : An extremely useful plugin for anyone who uses copy/paste function quite a bit. As soon as you select texts this add-on automatically add the selected text to the clipboard.
  • Colorzilla : Adds a small eyedropper tool to the status bar. When clicked you can hover your mouse over any part of a web page to view the color (code) that is being used.
  • URL Fixer : Sometimes we all end up typing the URL wrong simply cause we are in a hurry to get there. If that’s the case, URL Fixer will come to the rescue. This handy add-on fixes typos in URLs.
  • Googlepedia : Allows you to find relevant Wikipedia articles along with your search results on google. Now you can have the best search engine and the best encyclopedia on the web help you get the information you need with a click.
  • Capture Fox : This tool lets you capture a Firefox window or the entire screen. Since it allows you to record your voice it’s one of the easiest and cheapest (free) ways to create tutorials and such.

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Add Your Thoughts…

Those were some of my favorite add-ons that make Firefox my choice of browser, not to mention help me tame my addiction and boost productivity. What about you? What are your favorite Firefox add-ons that help boost your productivity?