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An Ode to Chrome Extensions


A screenshot of my Speed Dial homepage using Awesome Screenshot


I switched to Google Chrome as my browser a while ago after I kept having my Firefox browsers crash. Since then, I haven’t looked back.

(OK, there has been a time or two when Chrome has treated me poorly, but I always come back.)

Anyway, I have about 10 or so extensions installed in my browser. These are the six that work best and that I could not live without.

Speed Dial: The default Chrome homepage shows your eight most-frequently visited sites as well as other options. This allows you to change how many blocks you have, allowing you to store up to 81 quick links to your favorite sites. It’s very helpful and I’m so happy I stumbled upon it. (See screenshot above.)

Awesome Screenshot: This is self-explanatory. It offers an easy way to get a screenshot, allowing you to capture the selected area, the visible area or the entire page. From there, you can crop how you want it and then save it as a .png file.

WiseStamp: This handy extension, which I found out about only recently, works in conjunction with Gmail, allowing you to have a signature that is optimized for social media with icons and embedded links. In addition, you can have separate signatures for personal and business, switching between the two with a click.

bit.ly: A URL shortener as well as QR code generator. This extension bypasses the need to copy the URL and paste it into the website. Handy.

GetGlue: I have come to love GetGlue and this extension allows you to interact with the site while not on it. If you’re browsing a partner site, say Amazon, a bar on the bottom of the screen will allow you to like or check in to the book or other media that you’re viewing.

Tweetbeat Firsthand: This one works only some of the time, only because it doesn’t recognize a lot of account names. What it does is insert Twitter icons next to a name on a web page that mentions a Twitter account. For instance, if you have it enabled, you’ll see a Twitter icon next to “Chrome,” the fifth word in this post, and you can mouse over the icon and it loads a pop-up box of recent tweets from the Google Chrome account.

What are your favorite Google Chrome extensions? I’d love to enhance my browsing experiences.

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