Late last year, Katie put together a list of the best Firefox addons for bloggers, and plenty of you added your own favourites in the comments.
Personally, my favourite Firefox addon from the list was Pixlr , which saves so much time in grabbing and editing images online. Chris Lee’s suggestion in the comments section for Wordtracker SEO Blogger has also become an essential tool for getting the most out of my posts.
Still chomping at the bit for more addons to enhance your surfing? Here are five more suggestions that I use on a daily basis.
Bloggers and editors tend to be slaves to their Google Reader, but the layout can be a little uninspiring at times. Feedly lays your Google Reader into an easy to read magazine format, and integrates your Twitter feed into the right hand side. It also allows you to share a post on all the relevant social media and bookmarking sites, or to recommend it for other Feedly users.
For me though, the main benefit is the search function. If you search for a particular term in Google, Feedly searches through your own sources and followed blogs, and the results pop up in the right hand corner.
Morning Coffee is a simple addon that allows you to program in your favourite sites for each day and then opens them all up in tabs for your reading pleasure. So, if you like to read the news sites, open up WordPress and browse Dork Adore (natch) each morning during the week, but prefer to stick to cinema listings and Facebook at the weekends, it’ll remember them and open them for you.
If you’ve seen last week’s Frackulous omnibus, you’ll have already seen Susi talking about Read It Later for the iPhone. Read It Later is a addon that does exactly what it says on the tin. Once installed you can save any web page or blog post to read later through the icon in the address bar or by right clicking. The links are saved to a button in your toolbar for easy access, rather than clogging up your bookmarks.
A more recent discovery is Tweetbeat Firsthand, which works in a similar way to the Skype addon. It adds in a tiny blue Twitter icon next to those on the social networking site in the webpages you visit, which you can mouse over to see their latest updates.
Useful for finding new contacts and checking their feed without moving away from your current page.
LeechBlock is there for those times when you have a deadline to work to but Facebook/Twitter/your favourite time wasting sites are just too distracting. Add the sites you wish to block and specify when you want to block them and you’re free of temptation! You can create up to six profiles which is great for different time periods, and you can even put a limit on how long you can spend on each site (for example, 10 minutes for every hour).