Google Voice for Firefox

Noah Petherbridge
kirsle
Posted by Noah Petherbridge on Tuesday, October 25 2011 @ 08:06:01 PM
Just a simple little way to get Google Voice notifications if you're a Firefox user... and it doesn't even involve any add-ons.

Google Voice Tab

How to do it: simply go to the Google Voice website (https://www.google.com/voice), then right click on the tab and click "Pin as App Tab." In Firefox, if a pinned tab changes its page title (to put a "(1)" in it for example), the tab will highlight as its attempt to notify you that something has changed.

So if you're a Google Voice user and you want to know when somebody texts you but you don't want to use Google Chrome, this method is easy and works pretty well.

Incidentally, if you pin Facebook, its tab will also highlight if you get new messages or notifications. It works on any web page that notifies you by changing its page title.

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Posted on Friday, January 20 2012 @ 01:07:29 PM by Kayem68.

So simple it's genius! Thx!

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Posted on Saturday, March 03 2012 @ 06:36:10 AM by hibs.

Thats actually a pretty good tip.
I was about to install some stupid things, instead I will do this.

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Posted on Monday, April 30 2012 @ 03:36:14 PM by zion.

it will not do it

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Posted on Friday, May 11 2012 @ 07:45:26 AM by Alan.

How can you make the notification more prominent, like play a sound, flash the tab favicon, and if firefox is minimized, blink the firefox icon in the taskbar?

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Posted on Friday, August 03 2012 @ 02:59:39 AM by Jon.

I'm using windows xp pro.. and had been using chrome for a while. but I've decided to switch back to firefox.. and I'm having a lot of trouble finding an acceptable way to receive notifications on my computer when I get a new text, missed call, or voicemail with google voice. they made an amazing plugin for chrome of course. but nothing that seems to work for me with firefox.

I've installed: http://www.elijahclark.com/blog/112-google-voice-firefox-5-extension-addon.html

but it doesn't notify me without hovering over it to check.. which is not a notification at all.

I downloaded and installed 3 or 4 different windows applications. Only one really worked.. and after having it running for 2-3 days.. I went to the google voice website and noticed I had a new text and voicemail that never popped up at all on my desktop. so nothing there either.

I ended up eventually finding this post, and so far.. it works the best out of everything else. which is sad considering how simple it is. I don't know why someone hasn't created a legit google voice plugin for firefox. If everyone that uses google voice just uses chrome.. or if it's just not possible without an API or something for someone to create a notification plugin. it's really frustrating.

anyways.. like the last poster.. I'm wondering if there is a way to get a better notification when I do get a new action on google voice. as of right now it does change the pinned tab background color to a very light blue. but it's not noticeable at all.. you have to look really hard to notice the shade change. I'm wondering if there is anyway to make it a bright or darker color.. so it's actually noticeable that you've received a new notification without having to change my windows theme around?

any ideas?

also wanted to say thank you to kirsle for posting this tip.

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Posted on Friday, August 03 2012 @ 06:25:07 AM by Jon.

figured out a way to do this.

install stylish extension:

https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/stylish/

and then install this userstyle:

http://userstyles.org/styles/48323/highlight-app-tab-when-title-changed

screenshot in action:

http://temp.jonindie.com/2012-08-03_0920.png

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Posted on Thursday, April 11 2013 @ 06:11:43 PM by Anonymous.

this didn't work in Waterfox

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Posted on Thursday, May 23 2013 @ 10:40:07 AM by Race Boyer.

great idea!

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Posted on Monday, February 10 2014 @ 06:49:39 AM by MD.Ashraful Islam.

(https://www.google.com/voice) click this link but go to http://www.google.com/chat/voice/ this is my porblem.
help me !

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Posted on Tuesday, March 17 2015 @ 05:45:18 AM by kamran.

it sucks

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