Friday, January 30, 2009

22 Fantastic Facebook Tools for Firefox

Everyone loves Facebook and Firefox.

Here's quite a few tools to synergize these two services for maximum effectiveness:
  1. Who is this Person? - Highlight any name on a web page and see matching information from Facebook
  2. Ultimate Facebook - Simplifies the way you can move through Facebook's core features. Also used as a social ranking system which is like a mix of StumbleUpon + LinkedIn + Google PageRank for the social graph
  3. Comments Bar - Post Comments to Facebook from your browswer, without ever leaving your friend's profile!
  4. Facebook Secure - Forces Facebook to use the more secure SSL protocol.
  5. Facebook DU Colors - Change the Facebook colors to Crimson and Gold! (or try out PINK FACEBOOK)
  6. Researcher - Lets you ask your friends on Facebook to help you figure out which search results are useful, before you click on them
  7. Facebook Photo Album Downloader - Easily download whole albums off Facebook!
  8. Facebook Toolbar - Integrate your Facebook life into your browser
  9. Facebook Video - Lets users download or convert Facebook videos, and embed videos outside of Facebook
  10. FacePad - Allows you to download your friends’ facebook albums en masse with the click of a button.
  11. Boost - Customize your Facebook experience with 300+ facebook skins, 30+ special features, selectable options, custom album viewers, video downloader and more.
  12. Presdo Event Calendar - Organize your own events listed in Facebook
  13. PowerTwitter - Adds various features to the Twitter Web interface including Facebook status updates
  14. Yoono - Simplifies your social life on the web by centralizing all your social networks and instant messaging in one easy to use browser sidebar.
  15. Clipmarks - Instead of copying and pasting links, it's like adding a pair of scissors to your browser, letting you capture exactly what you want others to see and is easily syndicated to Facebook.
  16. Facebook App Filter - Adds a little nuke icon to profile boxes and feed items to let you permanently hide annoying Facebook platform applications with a simple click
  17. Facebook Unblocker - Makes it possible to use facebook where its blocked. (I.e. Work or school!) Note: Can't use facebook chat, and some pictures don't work.
  18. Facebook Chat Notifications - Firefox will notify you of new chat messages in Facebook (eliminates the need to go to the Facebook page to check on your chats)
  19. TimeWaster - Displays the amount of time wasted on the web site 'facebook' on the right-hand side of the status bar. Get back to work!
  20. Friendbar - Displays a running stream of text and photo updates from Facebook right on the toolbar, and allows you to post updates and reply from the toolbar itself.
  21. SuperProfile - The only way to customize your facebook profile
  22. Facepalm - Don't care about all the bells and whistles? With the click of a single button, clean up a friend's cluttered Facebook page to find information you need.
As with all Firefox tools, it is not recommended you install all of these unless you want your browser to slow down quite a bit.

Friday, January 23, 2009

How to Send a Text Message Online

How to Text Message Online

from wikiHow - The How to Manual That You Can Edit

If you pay for each text message you send, text internationally, or prefer typing over texting, knowing how to send an SMS message through the Internet can come in handy (and possibly save you money).


  1. Find out which carrier the recipient uses.
  2. Compose an e-mail with your intended text message in the body.
  3. Send the e-mail to the e-mail-to-SMS gateway for their carrier. Here are some examples, and the complete list is at the end of this article:
    • Sprint Nextel: ( for MMS)
    • T-Mobile: (SMS and MMS)
    • Verizon: ( for MMS)(limit TXT messages to 150 characters).
    • Cricket: (SMS)
    • Fido: (SMS)
    • If you don't know the provider, you could just send it to all carriers. Your text message will only get delivered to the intended recipient's box because the address is based on the phone number which is unique.
    • See bottom of this article for a larger list of carriers
Instant Messaging
  1. Some instant messaging services, like AIM and Yahoo! Messenger, allow you to send instant messages to a cell phone. On AIM, all you need to do is add +1 and then the number in the recipient's name box. For Yahoo! Messenger, just type the phone number into the text box at the top of the window, and hit Enter.
  2. The built-in chat in Gmail allows text messaging. To use it, click the button settings, then the labs tab, scroll down to "Text Messaging (SMS) in Chat" and click Enable. Then scroll down to the bottom and press save changes. Now, open up a chat window from the chat box. Click the options button on the bottom left and press Send SMS. It will prompt you for a phone number. Currently, this only works for US phones.

Carrier Website
  1. Go to the website of the carrier of the recipient.
  2. Look for a form that allows you to send a text message to one of their numbers. You might need to register. Go the website search box or help section and type in "send text message".
  1. Downnload Skype – The whole world can talk for free!
  2. Create an Account.
  3. Purchase Skype Credit.
  4. On the file menu, select Tools > Send SMS message.
  5. Choose recipients or enter a number. You can send a text message to any of your SkypeOut contacts or Skype contacts if they have added their mobile number in their profile. You can send the same message to several recipients, but each will be charged separately.
  6. Send the message. At the bottom, it will say how much the message will cost to send. Take a look at that before you send!

Free Online Services
  1. Find a website which allows you to send text messages free of charge. This method does not require any setup or downloading on your part, although it may require registration. Examples:

Email to SMS Gateways

  • Emtel (Mauritius)
  • Vodacom (South Africa)
  • MTN (South Africa)
  • BPL Mobile (Mumbai, India)
  • Airtel (Karnataka, India)
  • Mero Mobile (Nepal)
  • Mobitel (Sri Lanka)
  • T-Mobile (Austria)
  • Orange Polska (Poland)
  • Meteor (Ireland)
  • Plus GSM (Poland)
  • T-Mobile (UK)
  • BigRedGiant Mobile Solutions
  • YCC

North America
  • Alltel - [10-digit phone number]
  • AT&T (formerly Cingular) - [10-digit phone number] or [10-digit phone number] (MMS) or [10-digit phone number]
  • Bluegrass Cellular [10-digit phone number]
  • Boost Mobile - [10-digit phone number]
  • Nextel (now Sprint Nextel) - [10-digit telephone number]
  • Sprint PCS (now Sprint Nextel) - [10-digit phone number] or [10-digit phone number] (MMS)
  • T-Mobile - [10-digit phone number]
  • US Cellular - [10-digit phone number] (SMS) or [10-digit phone number] (MMS)
  • Verizon - [10-digit phone number] or [10-digit phone number] (MMS)
  • Virgin Mobile USA - [10-digit phone number]
  • 7-11 Speakout (USA GSM)
  • Airtel Wireless (Montana, USA)
  • Alaska Communications Systems
  • Bell Mobility & Solo Mobile (Canada)
  • Fido (Canada)
  • Illinois Valley Cellular
  • Koodo Mobile (Canada)
  • Longlines (USA-Midwest)
  • MTS (Canada)
  • Nextel (United States)
  • President's Choice (Canada)
  • Rogers (Canada)
  • Sasktel (Canada)
  • Telus Mobility (Canada)
  • Virgin Mobile (Canada)
  • MobiPCS (Hawaii only)
  • MetroPCS
  • Qwest
  • Cellular One (Dobson)
  • AT&T Enterprise Paging
  • Cingular (Postpaid)
  • Helio
  • Centennial (USA)

South/Central America
  • Claro (Brasil)
  • Claro (Nicaragua)
  • All Companies (Paraguay)
  • Movistar (Colombia)
  • Nextel (Argentina)
  • Personal (Argentina)
  • Setar Mobile email (Aruba)
  • Globalstar (satellite)
  • Iridium (satellite)


  • You might be sending the text message free, but if the recipient normally gets charged for receiving messages, those charges will still apply.

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Sources and Citations

  1. Skype

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