Pick a site, any site, and “share” buttons are littered all over the place.
Mozilla/Firefox is asking why not bring that basic functionality up to the browser.
Mozilla wants to help stop the proliferation of “share this” badges currently cluttering the web. These days nearly every page you visit is plastered with dozens of icons offering to like, or tweet, or +1, or thumbs up, or otherwise tell your friends what you think of the page in question. The clutter can be distracting or even overwhelming and, if Mozilla has anything to say about it, unnecessary.
Firefox has a plan to clean up the clutter and move the sharing power into the browser itself. Mozilla Labs has announced a new project, Firefox Share, a Firefox add-on that makes it easy to share webpages on Twitter or Facebook right from the Firefox URL bar.
Firefox Share is currently an alpha quality release and may have some bugs, but if that doesn’t bother you head on over to the download page and install it (Firefox Share does not require a restart).
Once installed the new add-on adds a paper airplane icon to the URL bar; click that icon and a drop down panel allows you to post to Twitter or Facebook or e-mail a message to a friend.
Of course, there are already a number of plugins, add-ons and extensions for different browsers to accomplish this but offloading this functionality from site to browser as a native function is an interesting idea.