The 2014 Fifa World Cup in Brazil started yesterday with the opening ceremony and the host's match against Croatia.
The popular website Goal.com launched a social service for Firefox in time for the World Cup. Once installed, it provides you with information about World Cup related events and other football related information.
To install it, visit this page. Here you can click on the activate now button to install the service in the Firefox web browser. Firefox will display a confirmation prompt that you need to accept to enable it in the browser.
Once that is out of the way, it is displayed in the sidebar whenever you enable it.
The first thing you may want to do is change the edition of the information. Just click on the edition link at the top and pick a country you are interested in by clicking on its flag.
It appears that all participating countries are available for selection. Once you have selected the country you are most interested in, news will concentrate on that country.
While that is the case, it still displays popular and important news about other participating countries as well so that you stay informed in this regard as well.
The general layout of the sidebar displays news by default which you can switch to scores instead. News are divided into three core groups: latest, breaking and featured.
When you click on an article you are taken to the Goal website where you can read it in full.
The scores tab on the other hand displays upcoming games of the day. It highlights the kick off time and the two participating teams. A click loads the goal website again which offers additional information such as lineups and match previews.
The social app offers live scores which are updated automatically so that you know about the score at any time and the time
The main advantage of the social app is that it supports live scores. That's great if you do not want to keep open a live ticker at a ll times. While you need to spare a bit of space for the sidebar panel, it works quite well for that purpose.
Other than that, I cannot really see much of a gain in using the app instead of visiting the site or any other site with football news instead. Since you only get to read headlines anyway, you can as well just visit a sports news site to read articles on it right away.