Snowl 0.2, the Mozilla Developed In-Browser Message Client
Article by George Norman
On 13 Jan 2009
The Mozilla Foundation, which we all know and love for their Firefox browser, has recently put out version 0.2 of their Snowl experiment, and it makes sense since messaging is quite popular with internauts all over the world.

“We’re pleased to announce Snowl 0.2. This version of the messaging-in-the-browser experiment builds on the first release with an updated river view, a new stream view for keeping track of messages in a sidebar while you do other things, the ability to send tweets, and support for multiple Twitter accounts, says Mozilla Labs.


I think a few explanations are in order, especially for those of you who are not familiar with Snowl. This software application is a Firefox add-on that allows you to participate in online discussions – it achieves this goal by integrating the same messaging features you would get in most IM clients out there directly into the browser. Snowl is based on 4 key ideas: all messages are alike, no matter what their source is; some messages contain important data that should more easily reach you; message retrieval should be easy to use but effective; and last but not least, the web browser is the perfect platform for going through messages.

To put it simply, it’s a blend between the Firefox browser and an instant messaging program. For the time being Snowl is still in its early development phase, but development work is currently underway. In the future we can expect Snowl to offer support for more IM clients (such as Facebook, AIM and Google Talk), an interface that would allow the user to send out messages (like a true IM client should), and an API (Application Programming Interface) for developers to use.

If you would like to enhance your Firefox experience with some additional add-ons, take a look at these: Stop-or-Reload button 0.2.2, Googlepedia, Greasefire 1.0.1, FoxClocks, KidZui, Random Site 1.0, Flash Game Maximizer, and Fashion My Firefox.

If you would like to get Snowl 0.2, a download location is available here.

Tags: Mozilla, Firefox, Snowl
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