9 Chrome Browser Extensions and 1 App I Use Every Day

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Chrome is my browser of choice, because it lets me customize my online experience and, if I log into the Chrome browser on whatever computer or mobile device is at hand, I have access to my browser's history as I last left it. For someone who works for the most part online and uses the Chrome browser on a laptop, an iPhone, and an iPad mini, this is extremely useful. 

The following 9 Chrome extensions and one app have become core parts of how I experience the internet and get my work done. Enjoy!

AddThis

AddThis lets you share to Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Google+, and over 300 other services. Not all websites have the tools I need to share their content, which makes AddThis a handy extension that saves me time trying to find a poorly placed or missing sharing widget on any given site.

Media Hint

Media Hint gives you access to geographically blocked content. For instance, I am in Canada, so I normally cannot access the content on Netflix and Spotify. Now I can! I just have to turn Media Hint on, and I'm in. Easy peasy.

OneTab

OneTab "[saves] up to 95% memory and [reduces] tab clutter" by allowing you to combine multiple tabs into a list under one tab, which you can then open individually or all at once when you want to make them visible. You can also import and export your tabs as lists of urls, which means that you can save sets of tab groupings depending on what you need for certain types of work and bring them up to recreate a specific work or research environment.

Brilliant? Absolutely.

Rapportive

Rapportive gives you "…rich contact profiles right inside Gmail", showing you profile and social media links in the right sidebar for the person whose email you are reading. I find it most useful when I am contacted professionally, because I can get a sense of the person with whom I am communicating without any of that pesky Google stalking. 

Rather

Rather replaces the things you hate on social media with things you'd rather see, like cats from the #catsofinstagram hashtag or new content from a favourite site. For instance, I never want to see another Thought Catalog link, so Rather shows me kitties from Instagram instead of Thought Catalog updates when they show up in my social media streams.

Hate Buzzfeed quizzes? Paper.li? Pinterest? Rather can literally serve you what you want instead.

SEO Site Tools

SEO Site Tools gives you access to on-page and external metrics, social media info, page rank and numbering on sites like Google and Alexa, and server and domain information, and it even offers suggestions for improving SEO. You can use it to check on how your own sites and the sites of others measure up.

StumbleUpon

StumbleUpon helps you discover and curate content and websites according to your interests, and then it spreads the content you curate out to other StumbleUpon users according to their interests, increasing the ability of that content to be seen and shared again. If you're wondering where the good content is online, you can likely find it on StumbleUpon.

TinEye Reverse Image Search

TinEye helps you find out where an image came from and how it is used, and it can also help you find higher resolution versions of an image. It is especially useful if you are looking for the origin of a particular image so that you can properly credit its creator.

TweetDeck

TweetDeck allows you to "…organize and build custom Twitter timelines [and] keep track of Twitter lists, searches,… [hashtags], and more" within multiple columns under one tab in your browser. I use this extension more than any other, and it has made Twitter much more manageable and enjoyable. It is the reason why I have stayed with Twitter so devoutly for over seven years.

WhatFont

WhatFont is the easiest way to identify fonts on web pages. Just click on the WhatFont icon, hover over any text on a website that is not part of an image, and the text's font will be identified in a small pop-up box. This is a joy to behold for font nerds, and it pleases me greatly.

 

Happy downloading!