Top 35 Firefox Add-ons for Fun

Let’s face it: you’re too productive. These Firefox add-ons will help change that. The best add-ons for gaming, music, video, photos, and time wasting.
Posted September 20, 2007

Cynthia Harvey

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One of the great things about Firefox is the tremendous number of add-ons that can help you become more efficient, more productive, and more of an all-around fantastic human being.

But one of the even better things about Firefox is the tremendous number of add-ons that encourage creativity, laziness, and the joy of daily time wasting.

If you’re still using the standard version of the world’s most popular open-source browser, it’s time to customize. There are hundreds of add-ons that can help you make your browser your own. Here are 35 favorite extensions that can make your browser more colorful, more musical, more interesting, and – most important – more fun.

Firefox add-ons, by category:

Firefox appearance / Collaborative Search

Communications / Games / Misc.

Music / Photos / Printing / Shopping

Sports / Video / Weather

Firefox Appearance:

1. ColorfulTabs
As you might guess, ColorfulTabs turns each of your open browser tabs a different color. It can make it easier to find the tab you want, but mostly it just makes your screen pretty—like a rainbow.

2. FoxSaver
What do you get when you cross Firefox and a ScreenSaver? FoxSaver, of course. This add-on displays a series of non-offensive images in your browser window when Firefox is inactive. New images are added daily.

3. Tab Effect
Want to jazz up the process of switching from one tab to another? This extension gives you a special “cube” effect every time you switch to a different tab.

4. Firefox Showcase
If you’ve ever wished Firefox had a thumbnails feature like Internet Explorer, Firefox Showcase is for you. It displays miniature versions of all your open tabs in a single tab, window, or sidebar, so that you can easily navigate between them. You can also bookmark, reload, or close multiple sites at once.

5. Snap Shots
Snap Shots lets you preview links before you click on them. Simply mouse-over a link to see a thumbnail of the target page before you click on it.

6. STOP in the name of love!
The ordinary Stop button is just so…ordinary. This Firefox add-on gives you a heart-shaped icon, so you can STOP in the name of love!

Collaborative Search:

7. StumbleUpon
Ever wish you could channel surf on the Internet? This collaborative searching tool is for you. It connects you to some best stuff on the Web and recommends new sites based on your interests.

8. Shareaholic
Shareaholic makes it easy to submit links to digg, del.icio.us, facebook, google bookmarks, magnolia, reddit, stumbleupon, and twitter. Or e-mail the page with Bzzster.

9. Yoono
While you’re browsing, Yoono suggests other sites similar to the one you’re viewing. When you find something great, save it to your scrapbook and share it with others.

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