The new Firefox addon, quietly released just couple of days changes the entire way you can communicate with your friends online.
BuddyFox is an instant messaging addon for Firefox browser that does only one thing – it allows you to connect with your friends, chat online and share links without ever leaving your browser window.
It has no fancy gadgets shooting around and the site is very rudimentary. But it does what it advertises perfectly.
After creating an account on BuddyFox.com you download the addon and install it in your Firefox. A small icon will appear in the status bar and clicking it will slide open the chat window with the list of your friends on the side.
The window opens from below not taking too much space, much alike the popular Firebug addon.
Using the icons you can add new new friends and even create groups where you can talk to all of them at the same time.
The chat is smooth, even with multiple people at once. You can also simply drag and drop links from the pages you are viewing to your friends and this will work even if they are not online at the moment.
What is it all about?
While natural usage of BuddyFox is casual chat with friends online, BuddyFox does not strive to be yet another IM application (although it has one big advantage already – your friends may forget to turn on their IM but their browser window will always most likely be started).
The biggest value of BuddyFox is in collaborative efforts within the browser window. This can be giving instructions to your web developer, discussing website design (it works well with Firebug), chat with your webmaster, SEO or even coordination of social media promotion.
Granted all these things can be achieved using IM – BuddyFox advantage is that it offers free, native and distraction free environment.