*Note* We completely redid Social Media for Firefox, we are also nearly finished on a new design for the entire 97th Floor website. We will have the complete details on what is new with Social Media for Firefox complete with screen shots and videos when the new site goes live. Right now we just urge you to download it here and test it out.
After it is installed close all Firefox browsers, then open a brand new browser window and you should see the this in the bottom of your browser in the Firefox Status bar area.
To make sure it works, go to any web page and hit the manual button, it should then load how many votes that page has had across all the featured social sites, which currently includes:Digg, Reddit, StumbleUpon and del.icio.us.
The tool is the the ultimate time saver to building powerful social media accounts. One of the secrets of top Diggers, Stumblers, Navigators etc... is being the first to submit stories already becoming popular on other social news sites. For example you can browse Reddit to find good stories already submitted and be the first to submit them to Digg. You can browse Digg and be the first to Stumble pages that are becoming popular there. Most if not all articles on the front page of Digg are submitted to StumbleUpon and will get a lot of Thumbs up. If you were the first to Stumble that when the page reaches the Popular page for its tags and category on Stumble your account will be the one listed next to it, which will give you more friends and fans and so on.
The tool has two settings, Manual and Automatic. Manual is set to only pull the page info after you click the manual button. Make sure you use this on the individual page urls of the actual story to get the correct info. For example if you were going to submit a blog post make sure you are checking the actual blog post url and not the /blog url. When you hit manual it will show you which social news sites the story has been submitted to and if they have been submitted it will show you how many votes they have received. The purpose is to quickly see which sites the story hasn't been submitted to so that you can be the first to submit it.
Automatic is a setting that will automatically check every url you go to without you having to hit the manual button. It is recommended that you use the manual button when browsing individual pages. You should set it to automatic when browsing social sites, as in Digg, StumbleUpon, Reddit and Del.icio.us.
When browsing any of the mentioned social news sites, currently Digg, Reddit, StumbleUpon and Del.ici.us you will see icons appear next to each story Title with the submission information. If you are scanning Digg it will actually check the story url for you without you having to click through to the actual story. This is what will help you sky rocket your account. You can see every stories details without visiting the story. If you are working on your Reddit account, scan any of the other sites for soon to be popular stories and submit any stories that have not yet been submitted to Reddit if you feel they would do well there. Remember every story is not meant to be popular on all sites, each site has its own set of bias. If you want to submit stories to Digg scan Reddit or Del.icio.us or StumbleUpon and find popular stories that are not yet in Digg's database. StumbleUpon is getting a lot of attention right now, have you noticed that almost all stories popular on Digg are submitted to Stumble usually by the time they make it popular. Those stories will get a lot of "Thumb Ups" and if that is your account that submitted it that will help you gain more traction.
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