I admit it. I’m totally addicted to tabs in Firefox. Are you?
When I get up in the morning and start up Firefox it automatically opens my first tabs of the day: Gmail, Facebook, Twitter, Google Reader, weather, local news.
I read about 175 (give or take a few) RSS feeds so the first thing I do is start looking at the items my friends have shared in Google Reader. Anything that catches my eye for more than 10 seconds (anything I feel I actually want to read entirely and/or bookmark for later) I open in a new tab. And so it goes.
It’s a rare day that I make it to 4pm without 30+ tabs open. At this moment I have 74 open. I prefer to read blog posts, articles, etc. in their own tab, not in the reader. I like to see the various layouts, colour schemes, menus, etc. on each site. I like to grumble when certain blogs have their font set so small I have to hit ctrl++ just to read them (Mr. Brogan – you’re guilty of this one ). I like to be able to read comments (and in turn comment) easily.
Having 30+ tabs open can bit a bit overwhelming but I’ve found a terrific FireFox add-on called Vertigo that creates a sidebar along the left side of your browser that can be sized narrower or wider and gives you easy access to each of your tabs. If you’re a tab lover I suggest you give Vertigo a spin. It’s made the multi-tab lifestyle much easier to maintain.