5.5 Great Firefox Extensions To Make Facebook Awesome [Weekly Facebook Tips]

facebook icon   5.5 Great Firefox Extensions To Make Facebook Awesome [Weekly Facebook Tips]Facebook users are continually finding themselves frustrated by settings that cannot be changed within Facebook, or simply finding that Facebook is too integrated (or not integrated enough) into the rest of their lives. The good news is that some of this can be controlled with a few decent browser extensions for Firefox.

If you love tweaking your browser so that your favourite websites behave just so, then you’ll love this post. If you love Firefox, make sure to check out our Firefox manual, but if you’re into Firefox extensions, here’s a bunch of great Firefox extensions for Facebook that will leave you very pleased with your new setup.

Facebook Auto-Logout

If you’re concerned about your Facebook privacy when you share a computer with other household members, or if you just want a bit of added protection, check out the Facebook Auto-Logout extension. The time delay is configurable, but will default to timing out after a one minute delay. It will also remove all cookies so that your browsing after using Facebook will not be traced by Facebook.

Facebook Blocker

If you’re sick of seeing Facebook social plugins on every site you visit, the Facebook Blocker extension will get rid of them for you. This includes widgets within iframes, so it will remove the “Recommended” posts, like buttons and any script-based tracking. Facebook Connect sites will continue to work as per usual.

Facebook Blocker   5.5 Great Firefox Extensions To Make Facebook Awesome [Weekly Facebook Tips]

Chat Undetected

When you interact on Facebook via chat or groups, you now automatically show other people when you’ve read their messages. If you’d prefer to keep those things private, there’s an extension for that called Chat Undetected. Once installed, your message viewing will be kept a secret as you’ll no longer send “Read Receipts” to Facebook.

Social Fixer

Social Fixer for Facebook, which was formerly known as “Better Facebook” aims to fix a few minor annoyances with Facebook. It gives you advanced control over your home feed filtering, tabs for your home feed, image zoom when hovering over thumbnails, highlights new comments, give you quick links to your pages and events, notifies you when you’ve been de-friended adds a better navigation menu and extends your “Older Posts” scrolling indefinitely.

SocialFixer Skin   5.5 Great Firefox Extensions To Make Facebook Awesome [Weekly Facebook Tips]

Facebook Toolbar

If you need more Facebook control from within Firefox, here’s a Facebook Toolbar you might like. However, if you’re keen to use the latest Firefox, you may prefer the Social API shown next.

Facebook & Mozilla Social API

Here’s a little extra for you, as it’s not really a Firefox extension, but it does rely on you using Firefox. If you’re running the most recent version of Firefox you can add a Facebook app called “Messenger For Firefox“, which uses the Mozilla social API to integrate the two tools. You’ll see a tiny bunch of buttons in the top-right of your Firefox toolbars which can control Facebook easily. It will keep track of your notifications and allow you to quickly open up a panel with Facebook Chat whenever you like.

Facebook Messenger   5.5 Great Firefox Extensions To Make Facebook Awesome [Weekly Facebook Tips]

More Reading

For some more Facebook and Firefox adjusting, read on:

What’s your favourite Firefox Extension for Facebook?

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Stephen Ellis

A great set of extensions that address some major Facebook woes.

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Frank Zedmore

Good extensions. Just wish we had these as options directly from facebook

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Marian Cimbru

Great! I’d like to see such extension for Chrome, roo!

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Ed Piner

Tried doing that “Timeline Remove” for Facebook….. “DON’T TOUCH IT”. It took over my computer. Replaced my homepage, my search functions and more. Ran Spybot Search And Destroy. Brought up “26″ problems. Couldn’t get rid of half of the problems. Still working on trying to fix things. Can’t believe this website would promote such a malicious piece of crap. Took me 2 1/2 hours to remove most of it but still am having problems with my comp. Thanks a lot!

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Ed Piner

Just for the record….. The piece that hijacked my computer is called “IncrediBar”.

I have never had a problem with what MakeUseOf has posted in the past. This time however,….well shit happens. Hopefully things can be corrected and nobody else has to put up with the same crap as me. Here’s hoping I can fix this and get my system up and running properly. Thanks for listening to my rant and hope you don’t run into the same probs as me.

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Angela Alcorn

Good luck – again, very sorry.

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Angela Alcorn

Sorry about that. I’ve removed it from the list now.

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Ishan Gunawardana

what about chrome extensions.??

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Krysia Baker

Yes – anything happening for Chrome?

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Ishan Gunawardana

yup.. if u go and check chrome web store, u can find loads of stuff i think..

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Douglas Mutay

I wish I could have this awesome feature as default on my facebook page.

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Mac Witty

Great to be able to get it as I want

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Thomas Petrucha

Social Fixer is great, already in use ;)

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Knowledge Seeker

Wow! Gr8! About chrome?

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Angela Alcorn

I hope to write one on Chrome extensions in the new year. :)