After using Rockmelt for around a year and getting really annoyed with it’s over-focuss on Facebook and some not-so-well integrated details, I have gotten back to Firefox. I was afraid of missing the one-button sharing to social media tool, but I found the F1 extension which actually allows me to post to more accounts than Rockmelt (several Facebook accounts instead of just one, plus LinkedIn, Google and Yahoo), and so far I only miss the edges with the integrated RSS buttons to follow my favourite blogs directly from the browser.
But on the other hand I have Firefox’s search bar back, which is without any doubt my killer application in terms of Internet browsing. I like the “awesome” bar concept that most browsers integrate now, but I find this search bar to actually make my live easier and my browsing faster. The reason is simple: it allows me to switch search engines without having to visit each one’s website.
Using firefox’s search bar, when I type my enquiry I can choose if I want to search in Google, Bing, Yahoo or any other engine, which also makes the “default browser” issue a small deal. But it’s even better: I can set up specific search engines such as Amazon, eBay, Wikipedia, WordReference translations, online dictionaries, YouTube… and that’s what really makes me save time everytime I need to search something in those sites.
Safari also has this search box, although in order to define more search engines you have to use the Glims extension. I’m a Firefox fan, but I recognize that if you dig enough Safari also has some really nice features. Too bad it’s not available for all OS.