The latest version of Mozilla’s browser Firefox 23 has been redesigned to include a “share” button at the top navigation bar bringing social media elements to the forefront of the free web browser.
The “share” feature is more or less your own personal share button that works in similar fashion to the share buttons you find embedded on many websites these days. This is great for marketing and it is convenient to use, as you do not have to visit the social network to share links anymore if the site itself does not offer buttons of its own. The new button “allows a user to post an interesting article to your profile, share ideas in a private message or email, all without leaving the Web page you are visiting.” The share button connects to Facebook Messenger for Firefox and Cliqz and will eventually integrate with other social media services and apps. Other popular services such as Twitter, Google+ or Tumblr are not available as of now.
In order to use the new feature you have to have added one of the supported providers to the browser. The new share button is added on the left of the first button. It always looks the same but the small overlay that opens up is customized based on the service that you select.
The Facebook Share button for instance lets you share the website that is in the active tab in the browser. You can select to share it to your timeline, on a friend’s timeline, to a group, in a private message or on a page that you manage / administrate.There is also the option to change the visibility of the information before you hit the share link button. You can switch between all installed providers without closing the window.
The company started incorporating social media into the web browser last year with a Facebook integration and soon added Cliqz, Mixi and msnNOW. Other social features on Firefox include the persistent sidebar, which shows status updates and instant messages from friends that follow the user as they browse the web.