Posted by: lrrp | January 31, 2008

Top 10 Firefox Business Extensions

The techies of the world aren’t the only people who use Firefox. It can even be adapted to the executives.

How can executives use Firefox? Easy! Download these top business extensions and you’ll turn your Firefox into a business dashboard.

  1. Meebo (Review)
    One problem everyone has is the ability to consolidate all of their Instant Messaging accounts into one. If one client is using their favorite IM, you can’t talk to them because you use brand x. Meebo is “IM glue” that holds all of your accounts together in one location: your browser. You sign in once and you are logged into all of your IM accounts immediately.
  2. LinkedIn Companion (Review)
    If you’re a professional networker, you already know about LinkedIn. But for those who don’t know what LinkedIn is, LinkedIn is like the six degrees of Kevin Bacon and mySpace (for businesses) thrown together. The extension provides useful shortcuts to the site and allows you to search for people looking for employment, look for jobs (freelance or otherwise), or…just people to network with.
  3. ReminderFox (Review)
    An exceptional utility that keeps a list of reminders for you. You can create your own categories, search through lists, and set priority to each tasks. Great for those busy executives who forget anniversaries and birthdays. 🙂
  4. Peekko (Review)
    Peekko is a unique extension that allows users to congregate on a particular web page and chat. For freelancers, I could definitely see this as a absolute-must utility for showing progress of web sites to clients while working remotely.
  5. FingerAuth Password Manager (Review)
    It seems security is a big thing nowadays and Firefox is doing all it can to help, but there is one extension that is taking it to the next level. The FingerAuth Password Manager extension works with a biometric fingerprint reader for secure web pages. When you arrive at a login page, you can press your finger to the biometric reader, it verifies who you are, and promptly allows you into your secured area.
  6. FireShot (Review)
    It never fails. A programmer completes a new enhancement and then the boss uses it. Guess what? It breaks, but you need a way to capture the screen to show the programmer the error. FireShot will capture the browser screen and let you annotate your questions right on the image. Then you can send the screenshot to the programmer for fixing. It may not be business-related, but it definitely helps the programmer or project manager.
  7. eBay Companion for Firefox (Review)
    You laugh, but more and more businesses are buying hardware through eBay and the merchandise is cheaper than buying new. Just make sure you are buying from a reputable “business.” The eBay companion centralizes all of your bids and watched auctions in a sidebar, so you can monitor your business merchandise.
  8. Zotero (Review)
    Zotero is absolutely fantastic for research users and provides a complete streamlined workflow that allows executives to become organized packrats. Use Zotero to gather the research to make proper business decisions based on industry trends. Take that research and provide that data to the project manager and/or programmers to create one heck of a product.
  9. GTDInbox
    Everyone needs organized and business executives and freelancers are no exception to the rule. David Allen’s best selling book, Getting Things Done, is applied to this Firefox extension to turn your GMail account into a Getting Things Done Inbox. Very useful and well written.
  10. DataAnalytics (Review)
    Take a web page full of data and have someone try to include that in a spreadsheet (Google docs or Excel). Things may get messy…unless you have DataAnalytics. DataAnalytics extracts the data and allows you perform all types of sorting and filtering on your data to make your executive decisions.

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