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31 October 2011, 14:10

Mozilla's second attempt at sharing is Firefox Share

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Mozilla has announced on the Mozilla Labs blog that it is introducing a new link sharing add-on for Firefox. Known as Firefox Share, the new extension is currently available as an alpha release. Described as a descendant of the existing F1 add-on, and developed by the same team, Firefox Share differs from F1 in three key areas: look and feel, architecture and the intention to link to a large number of service providers.

According to CNET, Jay Sullivan, Mozilla's vice president of products, said that Mozilla intends to incorporate Firefox Share directly into the browser. The new add-on has been designed to integrate with the look and feel of Firefox. The architecture has been changed so that the browser now communicates directly with the service providers rather than using a proxy server. This is expected to make scaling to a large number of users easier and removes a number of security concerns.

As development work on the alpha focussed on that re-architecture, support for a number of service providers (LinkedIn, Google Apps and Yahoo) and multiple accounts per service (such as Twitter) have been dropped; the developers hope to bring them back in future releases. Firefox Share is available from the Mozilla Add-on web site and is licensed under the Mozilla Public License Version 1.1.


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