I’ve been using Google Apps in my current job for a while now, and I’ve tried to make the most of having Chrome as a main browser.
Here are some good reasons to get into the habit of logging in to Chrome every morning and installing a couple of extensions to work more efficiently…
Login to Chrome via the 3 horizontal bars, top-right, go to > Settings > “Sign in to Chrome”…this will load your saved bookmarks, settings and any extensions each time.
And here is a list of suggested extensions and web apps worth installing for Chrome if you work in newsroom or, frankly, any digital media role:
- Awesome Screenshot – capture tweets, grab websites that might disappear, examples of our own website issues.
- Bitly - logs you in to your link shortening account automatically, one-click to get a short URL/or share straight to specific accounts, see example screenshot, right.
- Gestures for Google Chrome – navigate more quickly using mouse strokes.
- AddThis - share the page to various services & bookmark.
- Grammarly Spell & Grammar Checker – erm, checks your spelling & grammar.
- Classic Retweet – lets you retweet allowing you to edit the tweet and add a comment.
- OneClick Cleaner for Chrome – speeds up browser by clearing memory/cache after a busy morning/few hours.
- Edit in Pixlr [WebApp] – for simple or advanced online photo editing with more tools, similar to Photoshop > open an image in Pixlr using mouse right-click, make simple edits, crops or use more advanced tools including blurring.
- 2 extensions to help find the origin of an image:
Search by Image (by Google)
TinEye Reverse Image Search
ExtensionSocial Analytics – shows interactions for the page you are on on most social platforms, likes, shares, tweets etc.
More suggested lists:
- 27 of the Best Chrome Extensions You Should Check out – The Next Web, August 2014
- 10 best Google Chrome extensions you should use – Geek’s Top Ten, October 2014