In my recent post, Eenie, Meenie, Miny, Chrome, I explained why Google Chrome is my browser of choice. One of the key features of Chrome is their massive Extension selection, which is literally growing every day.
For this to get you as hot & heavy as it does me, you probably first need to know what an Extension is. Google says, “Extensions are extra features and functionality that you can easily add to Google Chrome. By using Extensions, you can customize Google Chrome with features you like, while keeping your browser free of things that you don’t use.”
Third-party developers create these Extensions to help us customize our browsing/internet experience. You can find Extension to fit just about every category or purpose (i.e. Business Tools, Education, Entertainment, Games, Lifestyle, News & Weather, Productivity, Social & Communication and Utilities).
Learn more about Extensions.
Extensions are tiny in size and downloading is as easy as it gets. The only downside to having endless Extensions installed on your machine is that they can be counter-productive – if you have 50 Extensions running in the background, you’re bound to have some slower surfing speeds.
That’s why I’ve cut it down to my TOP TEN (in no particular order):
We live in a world where obnoxious ads are everywhere. Websites with ads are cluttered and take longer to load; why not cut out the junk and speed up your browser?
“The most popular Chrome extension, with over 6 million users! Blocks ads all over the web. Block all advertisements on all web pages, even Facebook, YouTube, and Hulu.”
2. YouTube Downloader: MP3/ HD Video Download
“This simple extension allows you to download YouTube videos as an MP3 or a high-definition HD Video (MP4 or FLV). It will automatically add a download button to the YouTube video you are watching.
This extension can even download YouTube videos embedded in other websites.”
This is probably my favorite of any Extension. It looks good, is convenient and saves me boatloads of time while I’m on the web. It’s fast, intuitive and makes life much easier for the generation that is intimidated by the internet.
“Replace Chrome’s New Tab with your predefined visual bookmarks. Set the number of dials in the page, select your desired theme and background image, and now use site logos as your speed dials.”
If you’re like me, you probably have upwards of 100+ online accounts. Think about it… Facebook, your bank, Twitter, ESPN, Pinterest, Gmail, E-Bills, etc. Memorizing your username and passwords for all of these sites could be a full-time job. You can select which sites you want LastPass to remember and even has the option to automatically log you me in!
“LastPass is a free online password manager and Form Filler that makes your web browsing easier and more secure.
You can import from most major password storage vendors (such as RoboForm, 1Password, KeePass, Password Safe, MyPasswordSafe, Sxipper, TurboPasswords, Passpack, Firefox and Internet Explorer’s built-in password manager) and export too.”
5. Hover Zoom
“Enlarge thumbnails on mouse over. Works on many sites (Amazon, eBay, Facebook, Flickr, Google (Google Images, Google+), MySpace, Picasa Web Albums, Pinterest, Reddit, Twitter, Tumblr, Wikipedia, Wordpress, Yahoo, YouTube & More).
Browse images galleries with ease: move the mouse cursor over thumbnails to view images in their full size without loading a new page. Pictures are automatically resized if they don’t fit the window.”
“Share to Facebook, Twitter and over 300 other services with the most popular sharing tool in the world.
AddThis allows you to instantly share, bookmark, print, or even translate pages with one easy-to-use tool. Start with the most popular services, or customize AddThis with your favorite ways to share – just select “Options” to personalize your list of services. We’ve optimized AddThis to be as fast as it is easy, so you can share whenever you like without slowing down Chrome.”
“Save, share, and bundle your links. bitly lets you do more with your links! Instantly save and share any web page, right from your browser with the bitly Chrome extension.”
Great for Posting links of Facebook & Twitter.
“Add products from any website to your Amazon Wish List
Amazon Wish Lists are universal. You can add anything from any website to your Amazon Wish List making it easier than ever to keep track of all the items you want in one place.
Once you download the Amazon Wish List extension to your Google Chrome browser – start shopping. When you see something you want on any website, just click the Amazon “Add to Wish List” button. A pop-up will open and from here you can adjust details about the item you want; click “Add to list” to confirm the selection. The item will then appear on your Amazon Wish List.”
9. FastestChrome – Browse Faster
“Save time and enhance your productivity! Get quick definitions, auto-load next pages, search faster, and more.”
“Save and restore window sessions (tabs) over time and across multiple computers.
Tab Cloud allows you to save any window session and restore it at a later date or on another computer. Effectively allowing you to sync open tabs between multiple computers.”