3 Favourite Chrome Tools From My Tickle Trunk
Google Chrome is my “Tickle Trunk”.
For those of you who remember Mr. Dressup, the tickle trunk was a treasure chest of props and costumes that he would put together to become the characters of his stories.
Today, I’m going to reach into my Chrome tickle trunk and share with you some Chrome goodies that might help you to…
Tweak your Google+ experience, Replies and more for Google+,
Correct spelling and grammatical mistakes, After the Deadline and
Bookmark and manage your “must keep” articles Evernote Web Clipper.
The biggest advantage is that it gives you a “Reply to Author” option instead of just “Reply”.
When replying, it fills in the name of author automatically without you having to type “+” and their name.
This also works in comments.
In the “Share” option, you get a drop down that gives you the option to email, Tweet or post it to Facebook.
A feature that I don’t use often is the “m” mute.
If you find your stream getting noisy, you can select the offending post, hit “m” on your keyboard and voila! the post is muted.
I prefer to manage my circles and volume slider so I don’t see “stream debris” float by.
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After the Deadline checks spelling, style, and grammar.
It can be used with tweets, email, or documents. I’ve used this extension for so long, I forget I have it.
I take for granted that the tiny “abc” will always be the bottom right of my window.
After the Deadline works with most text boxes on the web.
For instance, it appears at the bottom of this window as I’m typing these words on my WordPress site.
It also works on Twitter and Facebook.
If the abc button is not present in a text box, then you can’t use the proofreading feature there.
To activate the proofreader: click abc in a text area while focused in a text input box.
Interact with Errors
The proofreading feature checks spelling, misused words, grammar, and style.
You can tell the type of error by its color.
Misused words and spelling errors are red
Grammar mistakes are green
Style suggestions are blue
Click an error to see a menu with suggestions. Many errors have an Explain option that provides more information.
I’m a huge fan of Evernote.
Together with Google Drive, it’s how I bookmark posts, PDF’s, videos, images, screen shots and keep track of my blog ideas and notes.
The screen captures you see here are done with the Evernote app, Skitch.
It’s my file cabinet and journal.
Here’s a few things I do with the Evernote Web Clipper:
1. Save things you see on the web – into your Evernote account and place into appropriate folder.
2. Save the actual web page – text, links, images and all with a single click.
• Article clips: Click the extension when viewing a blog or news site, and it will automatically save the whole article
• Selection clips: Highlight the text, links and images that you want to save, then click the extension
• Full page clips: Grab the entire page with a single click
• Links only: Choose the Clip URL option to grab just the link
• Clip to your notebooks or shared notebooks where you have permission to modify.
• Clip PDF’s you view in Chrome directly into your Evernote account.
3. View Related notes – Evernote Web Clipper finds up to three notes in your account that are related to the page you just clipped and presents them in the clip notification view.
4. See Related results – from your Evernote account whenever you perform a Google, Bing or Yahoo search. (Enable this in the extension settings.)
A cool feature of this clip is that it intuitively opens the notebook it thinks you want to send the clip to based on keywords in the post.
I find it accurate about 90% of the time. Of course this depends on how well you manage your folders
Watch this video for an overview of the Web Clipper:
What Google Chrome tools do you have in your Tickle Trunk?
About Ray Hiltz
Ray Hiltz is a Google Plus Specialist and Social Media Strategist helping small businesses establish their brands and build their communities on the social web. A strong proponent for the power of collaborative communication and "humanized" digital networking, Ray writes about social media, social business and Google Plus. His clients include hotels, restaurants, consulting firms, entrepreneurs, writers and individuals just trying to make sense of "social". Ray is a popular speaker on Social Media, Social Business and Google+.