Mozilla releases Firefox 8 with built-in Twitter search


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Mozilla released Firefox 8, the latest version of its Web browser, with one feature that is sure to get notice by social media fans -- built-in Twitter search.

‘Twitter is now included as a search option in Firefox for Windows, Mac and Linux,’ Mozilla said in a blog post Tuesday detailing updates found in Firefox 8, many of which are under the hood.


Firefox 8 users can search topics, hashtags and user names on Twitter from within the browser’s search box (located just to the right of the URL box). The Twitter search feature is available in English, Japanese, Portuguese and Slovenian, and Mozilla is promising more languages to be added in the future.

With the update, Twitter joins Google, Yahoo, Bing,, eBay and Wikipedia as search options built-into Firefox.

Aside from Twitter search, Mozilla promises that Firefox 8 will be faster than previous versions with improved support for HTML5 and WebGL, ‘a new Web standard that allows websites and Web apps to display hardware-accelerated 3D graphics without third-party software.’


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-- Nathan Olivarez-Giles