“Sharing is caring” they say, but you should be able to decide how!
One of the latest features in Firefox (I am always running latest “stable” FF/Iceweasel release on my dual-boot Windows/Linux boxes) is the “Share button” (that little paper airplane icon…). You can add services from the dedicated page (https://activations.cdn.mozilla.net) to bother people with useless flood of kitties, using all your social network account with ease, straight from the page you’re viewing.
That’s totally fine with most of services, I guess, unless you have multiple active accounts of the same service at once in your browser session: I am obviously talking about Google.
My typical collection of tabs includes my primary Gmail account and my Google+ profile, that is linked to a different Gmail address.
See those “
.../u/1/...” and “
.../u/2/...” in the URL field? That’s it.
Long story short: when you add the G+ sharing service, it will default to your primary Google profile (your “
.../u/0/...” account, not shown here) and that might not be be what you want. Currently there is no drop-down list to select the preferred profile (hopefully in the future?).
Time to hack something and make it work the way I need (that is, posting with the right account).
The right place to go is of course “
about:config” page: type “social.manifest” in the search box to filter the relevant entries (the sharing services you’ve already added). That was quite easy, I just guessed what the entries could be, making a first attempt with obvious key “google“.
Now we’re going to look inside the entry value to see if something can be changed to “target” the proper account.
Go on, double-click on it and a nice little dialog window will pop up, allowing you to edit the key value.
Don’t be fooled by the narrow textbox: this key is quite lengthy!
Luckily the nice bits are not in the middle of all the mess: at the very end of the string (yes, it’s a single string!) you’ll see something like
To use your preferred Google profile for the sharing service, modify the URL adding the right profile “index” (the “
.../u/X/...” part shown before. I am using my profile “2” so my modified sharing URL will read
Restart Firefox to make it recognize the new settings and “it’s all right now…” (I’m jumpin’ jack flash / It’s a gas, gas, gas)
Now, just to be sure you understood, share this post at will!