What first drew me to Chrome was the merged address/search bar (which other browsers now offer) and the clean user interface (UI).
Since launching the Chrome Web Store in 2011, I’ve only made a teeny weenie dent in the thousands of apps and extensions found there.
I did a blog post recently on how to use Do Share, which is an extension that allows us to schedule Google+ post to our personal and brand pages.
And Poonvis is a great Google+ Hangout app that swaps your preview panel to the top of your screen and auto expands the chat window within the Hangout.
Now, on to my favourite Chrome Extensions that I polish daily.
I combined these because I use them in tandem. Buffer is my Tweet pusher and SocialBro, my booker.
SocialBro is a great Twitter analyser and CRM that also gives me a report of my optimal tweet times.
I can sync this into my Buffer schedule.
I was using the Buffer toolbar button a lot until I noticed that the tweets I was sharing didn’t include the “source”. ie. where the link originated.
This is not the case if you “buffer” it directly from the Tweet or Buffer button on the website.
Posts shared to FaceBook from Buffer receive a chilly reception.
There’s no thumbnail and EdgeRank doesn’t “like” them.
I use Google URL shortener 90% of the time.
(from their site) The Google URL Shortener provides analytics tracking for all short URLs.
To access your short URL’s analytics, just add “.info” after any short URL.
Besides generating a QR code, you can also add “services” like Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter.
If you come across the rare site that doesn’t have a share button, you can share directly form the goo.gl shortener.
3. Lazarus: Form Recovery (actually an app, not an extension)
A the name implies, this extension resurrects form contents that you thought you lost when your browser crashed, or you clicked somewhere else on the page and lost your comment text.
I first used this when I was still using Firefox and was very happy it was made available on Chrome. (also available on Safari) Have you ever in a flash of inspiration, wrote a stream of Pulitzer worthy prose in someone’s comment stream, only to have it disappear just as you were about to wrap it all up with a dynamic florish?
Here’s a ScreenFlow video of how it works:
Maybe we can have a Chrome Apps party sometime where we bring our favourite apps, leave them in a bowl at the door and switch them up. Am I dating myself?
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+.