Add Facebook Notifications And Chat To Firefox's Toolbar

Firefox 17 added a hidden feature to enable notifications and chat from Facebook right in your browser. Here's how to enable it.

To check out the new feature, make sure you've updated to the latest version of Firefox, then type about:config into the address bar. Promise Firefox you'll be careful, then search for social.enabled using the about:config search bar. Double-click the social.enabled option to set it to True. You should find that you have Facebook notifications for friend requests, messages and other posts in the upper right-hand corner of your browser.

Unfortunately, it also adds a chat sidebar and mini-feed to the side of your browser, making this a deal killer for most people (including myself). It would be nice if we had the option to remove this, because it's pretty intrusive -- although, if you spend a lot of time on Facebook chat, I could see it being handy to chat from any window you want. Hopefully, Firefox will develop this feature a little more and give us some options before it's "officially" introduced.

How to Enable Facebook Integration in Firefox [How-To Geek]


    This is actually part of the Social API they were developing, so perhaps we'll see more social networks come on board to take advantage of this (
    Officially, what you see above is Facebook Messenger for Firefox- which aside from going into about:config, can be turned on here:
    You can turn-off the sidebar simply by clicking on the Facebook icon and untick "Show sidebar". From here, you can also hide desktop notifications or remove it from Firefox altogether.

    You just click the Facebook icon and you can turn the sidebar off, pretty simple stuff...

    But regardless, I have kept it on. I hardly browse any websites that take full advantage of widescreen monitors, there's always plenty of room on either sides of the screen so it doesn't bother me by keeping it there. Even if you turn it off it still sits on the Facebook page as normal, so it's not a huge difference.

    Last edited 27/11/12 10:02 am

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