12 Most Super Handy Chrome Extensions

12 Most Super Handy Chrome Extensions

Everything that I discuss in this article works only while running Chrome. Are you using the Chrome browser? If not, load here.

I’ve been using Chrome for ages and I love all the extra functions that it provides me along with the customization features. There’s also a ton of cool themes that you can load.

What are Chrome Extensions?

From Google: “Extensions are extra features and functionality that you can add easily 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.” They are shortcuts to your favorite websites, activities or utilities. I can’t image browse the web without them now.

Why use them?

They make everything that you love to do on the web so easy. I am constantly clicking on my extensions which saves me from going to a different website each time I want to do something. For example, while reading a 12 Most article, I can click on the Buffer bookmarklet and add the post to my Buffer without leaving the article. I’ll use this when I love a post, want to share it now and again in a week or two or if I’ve already shared a lot of content recently but definitely want to share it later.

You can find all the Chrome extension bookmarklets that you have running on your toolbar. Click any icon to use the extension.

Click the name of the extension for a link to download in Chrome. My twelve most used Chrome extensions are:

1. Alexa Traffic Rank

Provides Alexa Traffic Rank information with one click.

2. Bit.ly

Save, share and bundle your links. You can quickly get a shortened link for easy social media sharing and then get some slick stats from their website later.

3. Buffer

The best way to share great content to Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn from anywhere on the web. Sign up for Buffer and, with a click, add great content you find around the web to be shared later on a schedule you choose. I love Buffer! This is probably my most used Chrome extension.

4. Do Share

The only third party sharing available for Google+. You can write and schedule posts for personal profiles and pages as well as communities. More on Do Share: Tool Tips — Do Share and Sharing on Google+ with Do Share.

5. Nuke Comments on G+

Quickly blast the trolls and inappropriate comments on Google+.

6. PicMonkey Extension

This one is so handy, I used it for all the screen grabs on this post. Pretty nice looking, huh? This is in my top three Chrome extensions that I use all day. More details here: 12 Most Cheeky Ways to Photo Edit with PicMonkey

7. Pin Search

Let’s you perform a Google Image Search on any picture on Pinterest. Really great to use before putting things on your blog.

8. Shareaholic for Pinterest

With this extension, you can pin directly from almost any website and there’s a cool counter on the button that tells you how many times the website has been pinned.

Have I told you how much I love Shareaholic before? I’ll be writing a 12 Most about them soon, they have so many amazing tips and tricks for social media and blogging.

9. StumbleUpon

StumbleUpon is a fantastic resource to find great content and share your content to be enjoyed by others. From StumbleUpon: “We help you discover new and interesting stuff on the web. Tell us what you like and we’ll introduce you to amazing web pages, videos, photos and more that you wouldn’t have found on your own.”

See a web page you love? Click the StumbleUpon bookmarklet to give it a thumbs up.

You might like to read 12 Most Trippin’ Ways to Get Started on Stumbleupon.

10. WiseStamp

Create a dynamic email signature with links to all your social media profiles.

11. Extended Share for Google+

Adds more social sharing to the Google+ platform.

12. Feedly

A fast and stylish way to read and share the content of your favorite websites. Stay current. Get inspired. Feed your mind.

Integrates with: Google News, YouTube, Twitter, Facebook, Google+, Google Reader, Pocket, Buffer and more.

What are your favorite Chrome extensions? I’d love to find some new ones.

A bonus for my artist/designer friends: Search by Image (by Google)

Featured image courtesy of Google.

Article by Peg Fitzpatrick

Peg Fitzpatrick


Peg Fitzpatrick is co-Editor-in-Chief of 12 Most . She's co-author of the best-selling book, The Art of Social Media: Power Tips for Power Users co-authored with Guy Kawasaki. Peg works with global brands and leaders in the social media sphere every day. She's spearheaded successful social-media campaigns for Motorola, Audi, Google, and Virgin as well as having been a brand ambassador for Kimpton Hotels. All about being positive and connecting, she is a true social butterfly. Tweet her and say hi at @pegfitzpatrick, find her Stumbling on StumbleUpon, rocking Google+ here Google or happily pinning on Pinterest.

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