Firefox 17 Released with Support of Facebook Messenger

Firefox 17 has been released officially for Windows, Linux and Mac users. The desktop browser which has struggled to grow consistently against rising Chrome. The new updated version is available today.

Facebook Messenger can also be directly used with Firefox 17. Just sign-in to your Facebook account and visit this page for Messenger for Firefox and click on Turn On.

It will show up with a sidebar of your Facebook chat friends

Facebook Messenger Integrated with Firefox 17

Other Updates on Firefox 17

  • Firefox 17 now is not supported on Mac OS X 10.5
  • Some old bugs regarding the New Tabs page, pointer lock for web apps and page scrolling on sites with fixed headers.
  • The new version will be useful for its Click-to-Play Plugin Blocks feature. The older versions of Flash, Adobe Reader or Silverlight bring up a prompt for users to update the plugins to newer versions.
  • Additionally if plugins are blocked by Firefox 17 on the current page you are viewing, then a icon on the address bar turns into a blue box.

Do drop in your comments.

Link: Download Firefox 17

Facebook Chat hidden feature; add profile pictures while chatting

Facebook Chat is a very popular feature of Facebook but technically and feature wise it’s not good as compared to other IM services like Skype and Yahoo Messenger but still people use it only because it’s integrated with Facebook. But here’s a trick using which you can make it little exciting and add a new feature to it. Using this trick you can add any profile picture of a profile or page to your chat.

  1. Open a chat window of any friend. Now copy a profile’s id or username of a profile. See the examples below; use same method for a page:

Profile id: The profile ID for the profile will be 000000000.

Username: The username for the profile will be sauravjit.

2. Once you copied the profile id or username go to chatbox and type that id or username within double square brackets. For example [[sauravjit]] and hit enter. Now the [[sauravjit]] part will show my current profile picture in the chat.










  1. Use same method for pages, copy a page’s username in case it’s having one or simply copy the number from the page’s link.

Don’t forget to give it a try with your friends. You can also use these profile pictures as a smiley.

(via Mashable)

All about deleting messages from your Facebook inbox

Most of the time people ask questions about Facebook messages like how to delete a particular message from a conversation or what happens when we delete a particular message from that conversation, will it be deleted from the receiver’s inbox as well? This post will give answers to all your queries.

1. What’s the difference between new Facebook chat and Facebook messages?

In a recent change in Facebook’s chat and it’s previously launched ‘Facebook mails’, Facebook integrated both Chat and inbox messages. With this new integration, all your messages can be seen on chat as well or you can chat in your inbox. While the ‘Facebook Chat’ is online way of interacting with your friends, ‘Facebook Messages’ is the offline one. Now you can type a message in the chat window of an offline friend and send it to his/her inbox directly.

2. How to delete a particular message from the Facebook inbox?

With the new inbox, you have an option of deleting a particular or few messages from the whole conversation. To do so, open any Facebook conversation in your inbox and click “Actions” on the top of that page. From the drop down list select “Delete Messages” and check the box given with every message you’ve sent or received. After that, click ‘delete selected’ as shown below.

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3. What happens when I delete a message from my inbox? Will it be deleted from reciever’s inbox as well?

Well no, whenever you delete a message from your inbox after sending it, it won’t be deleted from the receiver’s inbox. Just consider it like Outbox of your cell phone’s SMS. After sending a SMS you can delete a message from your outbox but not from others inbox.

4. How to delete a Facebook message from friend’s (receiver) inbox?

Clearly it’s not possible to delete a message from receiver’s inbox once it’s sent. You can delete that message only if you know the password of his/her account. 😉

Have more questions? Drop a comment below. 🙂


Facebook Introduces Video Chat with Friends

Facebook has been working a lot with Skype recently with it allowing users to use Skype to chat with friends on Facebook. Last week, Mark Zuckerberg had claimed that there would be something new and awesome unveiled by Facebook.

That announcement has been Facebook Video Calling. The video calling will allow Facebook users to chat with friends via a browser using Skype.

Just head over to and click on get started.

Then you be prompted to choose from your friends who you want to start a video chat.

Click on the video icon and download the one time plugin for your computer.


This way we can start video calling our friends right from the browser and no need to use Skype software.

This is obviously a new feature that targets Google+ service called Hangout. It will be interesting to see how this plays out and how Facebook reacts to challenge thrown at it by Google.

Here is the Video presentation by Facebook

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Latest Changes in Facebook’s chat Feature

Did you see any new feature on your Facebook Profile? Or lets say did you visit your friend’s profile and see something different ? Well there is a new chat box added on your friend’s profile page if he is online.

Thanks to @muru0410 for bringing this to my notice. Now if one of your friend is online on Facebook, then you will see a chat box in his profile. If suppose you are going through profile pages of any of your friends and you find them online, you can start chatting from there.

Sometimes, your chat just doesn’t work so this can be a way to chat with your online friends. What say? Above snapshot is from one of my friend’s profile page. I could see and chat with him although my Facebook chat was not working fine. Well if the person has chosen to stay offline on chat you wont be able to see him online from here. So no privacy issues here. 🙂

Did you notice this feature? What do you think about it. Do share your views with me. 🙂

[How to] Add emoticons in your Facebook chat

Almost everyone using a Facebook chat loves to use emoticons. The only trouble with them is how many can you remember? Well so here is a quick way to use them without remembering them. You can download an add-on on Firefox and start using them instantly.

How to install it?

  • Go here.
  • Click on add to Firefox.
  • Restart your browser.

This add-on gives you a set of emoticons at the top of all of your chat windows. You can use them just by clicking. Phew what a relief from remembering those things. 🙂 Do you know of any other such script that does the same or better than this? Do share it with me through the comments below.

New Facebook Chat interface

Facebook is doing some minor changes with its User Interface (UI) and this time it is the friend’s list for chatting. Yes they are continuously modifying their design and the main reason behind this is not to make Facebook look better, it’s just to reduce the disk space usage on their servers and to make the page speed faster.

The recent change in the Facebook Chat is that the homepage will not show the names of the person who are online, rather it will show the profile pictures only and to check the name of the person, you have to rollover your mouse cursor on it and it will display the profile’s name.

Also you will see a small dot with an online profile’s picture which shows whether your friend is available to chat or he/she is idle. A green coloured dot means your friend is available and blue coloured means he’s idle.

There’s also a new ‘Friends on Chat’ search box where you can find your online friends by name if you can’t find them by pic or if you have a huge list of friends. Personally I don’t like Facebook chat much cuz it’s full of technical bugs but most of the Facebook users are addicted to it so do tell us whether you like it or not????

Save Facebook chat history [How-to]

You might have googled for ages about how to save Facebook chat history. Facebook had been continuously concentrating on privacy rather than the fb chat which is another major point of criticism from users. One thing we’ve missed from Facebook is to keep logs of chat history. But with the advent of extensions and add-ons can now help saving your facebook chat history, both in Firefox and in Chrome.

The process is quite complicated, here’s what you have to do:

In Mozilla Firefox:

  • Install the add-on
  • Go to Tools > Facebook chat history manager > Get Facebook ID
  • After authorizing the Facebook application, you can view your unique Facebook ID
  • Copy the unique ID you got
  • Go to Tools -> Facebook Chat History Manager -> Create Account
  • Sign up
  • To view your chat history go to Tools -> Facebook Chat History Manager ->View History. Here again, you must enter your account details.

In Google Chrome:

  • Install the extension
  • Go to Window -> Extensions -> [FbCHM] Options
  • After authorizing the Facebook application, you’ll get your unique Facebook ID
  • Copy it to your clipboard
  • Go to Window -> Extensions -> [FbCHM] Options -> Create Account
  • Sign up
  • To view chat history click the H icon in your address bar, enter your account details and then you can view your chat history.

Just by seeing the steps, we can say that this is not that simple. But it fills out the hole in facebook’s chat experience? What is your opinion about the Facebook Chat History Manager?

How to write in Bold/Underline in Facebook chat

Recently author Sahil Malhan posted about List of Facebook Chat Emoticons to Spice up the Chat. This is just an extension to add more spice while you are chatting on Facebook chat. Just like gtalk, you can also write in bold and underlined text in facebook chat however there’s no option for italics.

How to write in BOLD:

Suppose I want to write

“This is a sample BOLD text”

So just before and after the above text I’ll a an asterisk “*” (multiply/star button on your keyboard, use without quotes) i.e

This is a sample BOLD text will be shown as This is a sample BOLD text on facebook. Just give it a try right now 😉

How to write in UNDERLINE:

Now suppose I want to write

“This is a sample UNDERLINE text”

So for this, add an underscore ” _” (without quotes) before and after the above text. i.e

This is a sample UNDERLINE text will be shown as This is a sample UNDERLINE text on facebook.

Please Note that:

The code we are using for underline was earlier used for italics, so don’t confuse between both of them. Unfortunately there’s no working code for italics right now, check out this space for updates. Also unlike gtalk, you cannot use both of them simultaneously, you can either underline or bold text.

Don’t forget to share something interesting you know about Facebook Chat. 🙂

List of Facebook Chat Emoticons to Spice up the Chat

Many of us use Facebook chat in order to chat with friends. However long you may talk, you just can’t spice it up without inserting smileys in-between, while chatting. Isn’t it true? Emoticons or smileys are the best way to express yourself, even when you are not in a mood to talk.

Also Read:

Few days ago, we wrote about some commonly used abbreviations on facebook. With this post, you will get to know about all the official smileys that can be used on facebook chat to make it more interesting!

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Listed below are the emoticons that can be used in Facebook chat:

Do you prefer to use emoticons while chatting? How many of them were known to you ?