If you are the kind of person who likes to spend time on social networking sites or messaging services like Facebook, Hotmail or Google Mail, you probably noticed that page titles change whenever updates are available on the site. Tab Notifier now uses those information to notify you of updates on those sites.
The browser add-on, available for both the Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome web browser, monitors all browser tabs automatically from the moment it has been installed. It cannot notify you of updates if a website is closed though, which means that it is best for users who have their messaging and social sites up whenever the browser is up and running.
Tab Notifier can display notifications even if the browser is minimized or not visible on the screen.
The extension watches all open tabs but the active tab by default. This behavior can be modified in the extension options to a more stricter policy. Instead of watching all sites, it is possible to configure the add-on to watch only sites listed in the settings window.
Notifications furthermore can be configured to close automatically after a set amount of seconds, which may be useful for users who receive many throughout the day.
A right-click on a web page and the selection of the configure tab notifier for site context menu option displays a site specific configuration menu. This overrides the global extension settings so that it either offers to run a whitelist or blacklist of sites.
Advanced users can use regular expressions to fine tune title matches for specific sites. This can be useful if a site uses different page titles instead of just one (or to be only notified if the notification count reaches ten or more messages).
Notifications are displayed in the lower right corner of the screen, and not in the browser window. Firefox users can download Tab Notifier from the Mozilla Add-ons repository, Chrome users from the developer's website. Apple Macintosh users need to have Growl installed to use the extension.
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