When Google first released its Chrome browser no-one really knew how popular it would turn out to be. Initially its major failure in the face of Firefox’s extensive extensions database was that it couldn’t be extended with additional plugins. Now, however, there is a growing list of extensions available for Chrome. We look at some of the best.
Social networking is all the rage at the moment and if you’re a Twitter fan then Chromed Bird is for you. The extension allows you to follow your Twitter account, including DMs, @mentions as well as all of the people you follow, directly from the Chrome interface.
If, like most of the online world, you have a Gmail account then the Gmail Checker extension adds a small notification icon in the toolstrip at the bottom of the browser window. When you get a new email on your Gmail account it will trigger an alert. Clicking the notification will open a Gmail account window.
Google Date Search
By default Google search results don’t display the date that pages were last updated. Google Date Search is a small plugin that adds this to the results.
It’s a good way of adding additional context to search results because users can see how recently the site was changed.
IE Tab Extension
Not all pages built to run on Internet Explorer run that well on other browsers. IE Tab is an extension that allows users to open a site in an IE-compatible window inside Chrome. Users can also specify specific URLs that they want to have opened in the IE-compatible tab.
Other Google Chrome extensions can be found at https://chrome.google.com/extensions
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