WEB BROWSER OUTFIT Mozilla has released F1, an extension that allows users to share content through social networks.
The extension aims to do away with the numerous "share" buttons that have popped up all over the web with webmasters trying to tap into the advertising potential of various social networks. The service, which is still being expanded, currently supports Facebook, Twitter and Gmail services, all of which use the Oauth protocol for authentication.
F1 authenticates with the various services separately and allows users to choose which one they want to use in order to share links. A drop-down dialogue box appears giving users the option to add text along with the link itself.
Mozilla Labs' Bryan Clark wrote, "The long-term story, however, is that the system should know which sharing service you use, and offer to use those! That will require sharing services to advertise to the browser that they offer a sharing API and the browser to see which services you use."
Recently there has been a lot of noise around social network web browsers, with Rockmelt receiving a lot of attention. Others including Flock have also been around the block a few times though they are yet to reach mainstream popularity. The success of the F1 extension is likely to depend on whether Mozilla incorporates it within its popular Firefox web browser.
If it does, then perhaps users will not have to deal with a barrage of buttons linking to social notworking websites on just about every other website they visit. µ
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