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

http://pegfitzpatrick.com

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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35 comments
wmwebdes
wmwebdes

Hi Peg

I'm using Buffer more and more so I might start using the Buffer Chrome extension.

I use Buffer and Hootsuite but recently I've started to favour Buffer.

Does it slow down your browsing at all?

Samantha Gregory
Samantha Gregory

What an amazing list. I was just looking through all the Chrome extensions and decided to do a search on how to use them. I don't like the idea of cluttering up my address bar area so your screenshot of your extension bar makes me feel better. I will definitely be checking out all the extensions you listed. Awesome! Awesome!

Ana | Traffic Generation
Ana | Traffic Generation

I am blown away by the possibilities, Peg. Sometimes I wonder if it makes my life more efficient or clutters it by learning how to use so many additional tool? :)

NeilGasson
NeilGasson

Amazing post as always Peg! If I may, I use Chrome like the dickens too and would love to share a pretty cool extension I've grown to love:

Attention All Marketers - SimplyCast is an All-In-One Marketing Suite which includes: Email Marketing - Survey Marketing - Event Marketing - SMS Marketing - Fax Marketing - Voice Broadcasting - Twitter Marketing - Facebook Marketing - Autoresponder Marketing - Form Creation - List Management - IP Monitoring - Press Release Distribution - Link Tracking

Surprisingly this app is free for quite a few of these options.

Thanks again Peg! Keep up the Great work:)

dbvickery
dbvickery

I use #3, #4 and #9 regularly - throw in the HootSuite extension, too...for when you want more granular control for scheduling content you are reading right then (versus the times that are preset in Buffer).

Kalle Heinonen
Kalle Heinonen

Great list @pegfitzpatrick - Have you had a chance to check to out LeadBowl Extension for Chrome? It's very handy for exporting and managing profile information of those you browse on LinkedIn, Xing or Viadeo.

AidaofNubia
AidaofNubia

Great list, @PegFitzpatrick. I love the Google Dictionary extension. If someone highlights a word, Chrome instantly shows them the dictionary definition or Wikipedia details, or any other info Google deems relevant. I find it to be a huge time-saver especially if you read a lot of white papers or research material.

jcmdesigns
jcmdesigns

These tips are great! I use a few of them but the others I will have to check out. I signed up with StumbleUpon but haven't dived deep into to it. Maybe you can do a 12 Best on StumbleUpon :-). -Jane

dsm_llc
dsm_llc

Thank you. Super groovy!!

AnnSatterfield
AnnSatterfield

Fantastic list! (And nice recs in the comment section too.) Many of these are new to me. A few I had downloaded previously and never used. ...guess who's been working harder, not smarter? :-/

pavelnovel
pavelnovel

Great list. A few more I'd recommend:
-Evernote Web Clipper - great tool for bookmarking, saving articles, ideas, phrases, quotes, and anything else you come across online
-Clearly - Evernote also made this extension that is great for reading blog posts. It removes all the ads and just gives you the clean text for quick reading and scanning. Plus you can highlight things and get it all up in Evernote.

-Awesome Screenshot - for screen caps and annotations

-Tab Organizer - for those like me who have a million tabs open and want to get an idea of what's where and group them a little better by window

-Pocket - for avid readers - great especially if you have the app on your phone/tablet

-Session Buddy - again great for those with many tabs open. It allows you to save all your tabs. It's really great for mass bookmarking

Hope this list helps for part 2 :)


TimNichols
TimNichols

Good list, but there are some you should consider subbing in - LastPass is awesome for keeping track of your passwords across multiple systems, WOT does a great job of keeping you from clicking on phishing scams, Web Developer is a great tool for analyzing web pages ala Firebug, and then there is Evernote Web Clipper which allows you to quickly add content from the web to your Evernote notebooks. Some also-rans: AdBlock, After the Deadline, and Rapportive. Since Feedly is an app, you might want to consider Ribbet! (an image editor).

rosemaryoneill
rosemaryoneill

Awesome post Peg!  Some new ones in there I hadn't discovered yet (like PicMonkey).  I also use Firebug Lite for web work, and the Amazon Wishlist plug-in.

PegFitzpatrick
PegFitzpatrick moderator

@AidaofNubia Cool! I haven't tried Google Dictionary yet but I'll load it. Thanks for sharing. :)

PegFitzpatrick
PegFitzpatrick moderator

@AnnSatterfield You'll love them! Honestly, it will be so easy to use them it will become second nature. Let me know which ones you try and like.

Good luck!

PegFitzpatrick
PegFitzpatrick moderator

@pavelnovel I think you and @TimNichols definitely pushed Chrome II and I appreciate all your suggestions.

I'm going to check all these out! Thanks so much.

pavelnovel
pavelnovel

@TimNichols Thanks for those those suggestions, esp After the Deadline. Checked it out and put it on. Huge fan of LastPass and Evernote Clipper. Make life so much easier

PegFitzpatrick
PegFitzpatrick moderator

@TimNichols There could be a part two for the post! I had a hard time narrowing it down to 12. I'll check out your recommendations, Tim. Thanks!

PegFitzpatrick
PegFitzpatrick moderator

@Milaspage So glad you liked it! Maybe part of the reason I love Google+ is that I've added all my favorite features with the Chrome Extensions. It really makes it so easy to have them up in the bar to click on, what's you load them you'll be in business. It's so efficient.

Thanks, Mila!

PegFitzpatrick
PegFitzpatrick moderator

@rosemaryoneill Hi Rosemary! I have a post on how to use PicMonkey, it's the best!

I have Firebug but need to learn to use it more effectively. Glad you liked it!

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