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Firefox Live Bookmarks, Refresh Interval

Monday, November 20th, 2006

I’ve only recently started using Firefox’s Live Bookmarks. If you don’t know what this is, look for an orange icon with white curved lines on the right side of your address bar. If you click on that icon, you will be prompted to add a Live Bookmark for the current page — which really means subscribing to its RSS feed. Once you do that, you can click on the Live Bookmark and it’ll show you the newest posts on that site.

If you’re like me, you probably find the default one hour refresh interval for Live Bookmarks seems like forever. I got tired of right clicking and going to “Reload Live Bookmark” to look for new posts — it defeats the purpose of the Live Bookmark in the first place. There’s no menu item to change this setting, but you can do it by going to about:config and adding an Integer value called browser.bookmarks.livemark_refresh_seconds — then set the refresh interval, in seconds. Don’t set the interval too small, out of respect for whomever owns the feed and their server load and bandwidth concerns.

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