Mozilla just launched the latest stable version of Firefox. This release introduces Firefox’s new Social API with a preview of the first social integration with Facebook Messenger for Firefox. This was previously only available in the Firefox beta channel. The Social API allows social services like Facebook, Twitter, blog networks or even news sites to easily add persistent social sidebars, toolbar notifications and chats to the browser, no matter which site a user is currently looking at.
As Mozilla’s VP of Firefox Engineering Jonathan Nightingale stressed when I talked to him and Firefox Engineering manager Gavin Sharp about this release earlier this month, it’s important to note that even though this first release includes the Facebook Messenger integration, the Social API as a whole is open for all and there is nothing Facebook-specific about it.
Other services that could benefit from these persistent sidebars are email, groupware services, news sites and, of course, other social networks). While Mozilla isn’t able to announce any other partnerships yet, the organization is talking to some of the usual suspects (which I take to mean the likes of Twitter) about upcoming integrations.
As for the reasoning behind the Social API, Nightingale argued that today’s social web presents new challenges for browser developers. While users on the ‘normal’ web generally interact with a tab and close it, he said, users regularly revisit their social sites. Mozilla tried to solve this problem by adding app tabs to Firefox, “but people still had to work around the limitations of browsers because they were treating social just like any other sites.” Social sites, however, need to be treated different from other sites, Mozilla believes, and that’s where the work on the Social API comes in.
-First Update your firefox to version 17
-In the browser address bar about: config and press Enter .
-Then in the Enter Search Phrase social.enabled
-The results are now double-click on social.enabled value from false to true change.