Facebook is one the foremost social media sites that recently clocked the 1 billion mark in membership. Such a vast user base has attracted several websites that are competing with each other to carry content that has direct links to the users registered with Facebook. Though Facebook was launched just eight years ago, the growth has been phenomenal, what better proof of its popularity than the vast member base? It is interesting to note that while it was launched, the membership was strictly limited to Harvard students, for whose benefit the site was designed and created, by the founders who were themselves students at Harvard.
Slowly, due to its popularity the membership was extended to other neighboring colleges and ultimately had to be thrown open to the public, and today, the members are spread out across the globe.
Firefox, on the other hand, is a web browser that is free and of open source. It is developed for Linux and Windows operating system from Microsoft. It is created and presented by Mozilla Corporation using the Gecko layout engine in order to render web pages. An estimated 20 to 25% of the web users worldwide use Firefox making it the second most popular web browser in the world. It has over 460 million users with more people of Indonesia, Poland and Germany preferring it to other browsers. The users in these countries average above 55% . Firefox used to be called Phoenix and had to be renamed due to some trademark issues it had with Phoenix Technologies, and was called Firebird, which provoked strong objections from the free database software project under that name. Finally, it had to be renamed again as Mozilla Firefox and the name is synonymous with web browsers today.
Recently, Facebook and Mozilla have joined hands to announce their collaboration to launch Facebook Messenger for Firefox. Mozilla has come out with the announcement that Facebook Chat has been incorporated into Firefox 17. This brings good tiding for both the companies, with each standing to benefit from the other. Hence, people who have the latest, updated version of Firefox installed in their PCs can go to the Messenger for Firefox page and simply select the ‘Turn on” option to have the feature activated. You no longer have to navigate away from your chat as the chat windows will stay with you, whichever website you choose to browse. As soon as you sign in, you will find that the chat service of Facebook will remain on a sidebar on the right side. The chat window is also enabled to access the real-time updates on the stream that features on the top right side of every Facebook profile.
Firefox 17will now be able to give you notifications about the latest Facebook messages you have received and update you on new friend requests received. You may, at any time, minimize the window you are chatting on, by simply clicking on the logo icon of Facebook that you will find on the top right side of the browser. You can also uninstall the Facebook chat option from Firefox 17 anytime you wish. The reason why Mozilla found it imperative to include the chat option was that most people going online through Mozilla’s web browser, by default logged into Facebook to chat. In order to help people save time, Mozilla came out with this brilliantly inspired idea to have it incorporated permanently.
The story does not end here. Firefox proposes to extend this service to other social media sites as well, in addition to adding several new features to the chat option. Users of Facebook will welcome this recent development which lets them chat with friends and family stay tuned to the updates, which they can accomplish with whatever tab they have open while going online.
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