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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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What’s your favourite Firefox Extension for Facebook?