Google Chrome offers one of the best browsing experiences to PC users. It’s ‘lightweight’ so it doesn’t take up that much memory space. It loads web pages faster than other browsers. Plus it works well with Adobe Flash. Chrome also has a few nifty features like seamless compatibility with Google services (Google Search, Gmail, Google Translate, and Google Drive), the ability to inspect elements of a web page, and more.
One of the best things about this browser is Chrome Extensions. In its most basic sense, extensions are apps that can be installed on your browser. They ‘extend’ the features of your Chrome Browser by adding to its functionality. With their help you can greatly improve your browsing experience.
For the office worker
Whether you are trying to be ’employee of the month’ or browsing web pages that you shouldn’t be viewing while at work, there’s a Chrome Extension made just for you. Stay Focused is the perfect app if you want to focus on your job and actually get things done. It limits your browsing time on websites that would otherwise distract you. Panic Button does quite the opposite. You can view as many pages as you can and hide them all at once with a single click. It’s a great extension for those who are too busy browsing but wouldn’t want to get caught.
Stay on the loop with Google Mail Checker, a plugin that will alert you with new emails and how many are currently unread in your inbox. If there are important web pages or documents you would like to save, you may want to install Send to Kindle (if you have a Kindle), Save to Pocket, or Save to Google Drive. With Sidekick you can monitor the emails you sent and more. The app also reveals other recent email activities. You can eve schedule emails to be sent at a later time with SideKick.
Afraid you’d make a grammatical error online? There’s Grammarly, a Chrome Plugin that actively checks your spelling and grammar when writing on any web page, be it status post on Facebook, a tweet, or an article you’re writing on WordPress. If you frequently stumble on pages in a foreign language, there’s a Google Translator extension which lets you translate complete pages or specific words, phrases, or sentences into your preferred language with just a few clicks.
For serial social media users
Hootlet is a useful extension developed by Hootsuite, a third party social media manager. Hootsuite lets you create and schedule content across various social networks including Facebook and Twitter. Hootlet has the same features except it lets you perform these actions direct from the Chrome browser.
Users who are more active on Google+ should install CircleCount, a third party analytics tool for this social platform. It allows you to keep track of your followers, latest posts, and more – as well as those of people or brands you follow, or which you consider to be competition. Meanwhile, Twitter users would benefit more from Riffle. It lets you easily track the Klout Score of a Twitter account as well as the performance of tweets.