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Mozilla Ubiquity — They weren’t kidding when …

I use firefox (who doesn’t ?) and every once in a while, i look for extensions that might be useful, or may improve my browsing experience, or just be plain fun !.

However, this last time I did that, it was a completely different experience. I saw something which reminded me that firefox is not just any ol’ browser. It is the browser.

The good folks at Mozilla are not kidding when they encourage you to “recalim the web”, they aren’t just advertising when they ask “Can a browser really make the Web better?” and they definitely are not being unrealistic lofty idealists when declare that “The Internet should enrich the lives of individual human beings.”

Here is proof — The Mozilla Ubiquity extension.

I do not want to even attempt describing this extension because I know, I’ll fail miserably. Instead I urge you to watch this introduction.


Ubiquity for Firefox from Aza Raskin on Vimeo.

I seriously think, things like this will affect the way people interact. It is not just about this particular extension, but what will follow when mash-ups like this become common place. We will take control and truly relaim our own personal web.

Mozilla is doing to the web, what linux did to Operating Systems ! What do you think ?

keyword search in firefox

Firefox is a great browser (you already knew that, right ?). Firefox’s nice keywords facility can be used for a neat search trick. IMHO, It is best used for a directed search engine that digs specific data (For example, a bugzilla search, imdb search, lxr search ..etc). To make use of this …

  1. Go to a site which offers a simple search facility (eg: imdb, lxr, your local bugzilla)
  2. Place the cursor within the search box
  3. Right click and select “Add a Keyword for this Search…”
  4. Give your new search shortcut a name
  5. Give your new search shortcut a short keyword (for example, I use bz for my bugzilla search, lxr for lxr)

You are done !!

To try out your new keyword search shortcut, open a new tab (Ctrl+T), place the cursor at the location bar (Ctrl+L), type out your keyword followed by the search term(s) (For example, assuming you added keyword “bz” for the search at bugzilla.mozilla.org, then, typing “bz 95849” in the location bar will show you this).