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Add Facebook Chat to Your Firefox Sidebar

Already this week we've looked at reducing feed clutter from your Facebook home page and downloading entire Facebook photo albums with just one click.

Today, let's solve another Facebook hassle: when you leave the site, your chat sessions get left behind. Wouldn't it be nice if you could keep a Facebook chat going regardless of what site you're viewing?

If you use Firefox as your Web browser, you can add Facebook chat to the Sidebar, thus keeping it alive and active even while you browse elsewhere. (I also find it a more convenient location than the bottom-right corner of the screen, which is where Facebook shoehorns it.) Here's how to make it happen:

1. In Firefox, press Ctrl-B to open the Sidebar in Bookmarks view.

2. Right-click the bookmark folder where you want to add Facebook chat, then choose New Bookmark.

3. Name the new bookmark Facebook Chat, then paste the following URL into the Location field: http://www.facebook.com/presence/popout.php

4. Check Load this bookmark in the sidebar, then click OK.

Now just click your new bookmark and presto: Facebook chat in the sidebar. Not too shabby, eh?

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