Chrome Extensions – 3 Months Out

I’ve been careful about not bogging down my Google Chrome experience much like I did to Firefox, but there are so many extensions. And oh, they do really cool things!

Before the holidays, we wrote about 10 Google Chrome extensions that made our initial cut.  In the 3 months since then, about half of those original 10 extensions remain onboard, and they’ve been joined by a few new ones.  Here is a list of what Google Chrome extensions currently rock the Silver Beacon world.

Remaining From The December 2009 post

1.  Feedly  – The RSS feed reader that looks likes a magazine gets better and better.  The gang is now soliciting comments for the next version.

2.  Lorem Ipsum Generator – The de facto dummy text generator in any (browser) language.

3.  XMarks – Still works as a bookmark synchronization tool, but it feels like something is missing.  May not be on the list next time.

4.  StumbleUpon – A bit of a different UI in Chrome, you first have to activate the Stumble button.  A bit more spammy, but still good.

5.  CoolIris – The picture wall you’ve seen so many places.  Adding it to Chrome is a no-brainer.

6.  DotSpots – Collaboration by annotating websites doesn’t enough users to make it entertaining yet, but cool technology.

New on the Chrome Extension List

7.  Orbvious Interest – An unofficial port of ReadItLater.com works just dandy.

8.  SEO Site Tools – The best SEO plugin on any browser.   Carter Cole does a marvelous job regularly updating the code.

9.  Chrome SEO – Because marketers never stick with just one tool, I like Sean Bannister’s Chrome SEO plugin too.

10.  Speed Dial – Visual bookmarks in an 8×6 grid with background colors.  My favorite bookmark and utility plugin.

What Fell off the Chrome Extension List

A) Google Wave Notifier – If a Google Wave crashes on the Internet and no one hears it, does it exist?  Blech.

B)  News Reader – Another official Google plugin displays the top 5 news stories.  Easier to click a news site’s link.

C)  All the Unofficial Facebook plugins – I use Nutshell Mail. It works, I love it and you don’t need my password.

D)  Add to Any – Nice idea, but it wasn’t getting used.  Kind of where DotSpots is at now.  Good idea though.

That’s our quarterly look at Google Chrome extensions.  What are your favorite extensions and why?  Did we knock something off the list that should be here?  Are we completely missing something?

6 comments

  • Carter Cole

    Carter Cole

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    Just to give you a heads up on the updates from last week… SEO Site Tools now does robots.txt and sitemap detection, has a super awesome Google WMT external keyword data explorer (i know of no other way to get this data…see about it here), detects 46 common frameworks so you can quickly see a site is using adwords,jquery,wordpress and quantcast (and much more). it also has some other tools like page load speed with pingdom and common string functions like url encode/decode and window resize with the % of browsers that that size will reach… updates for this week that are scheduled include data export and “beginner mode” that explains each metric why its important and a link to the resource that lets you read more in depth

  • George Bounacos

    George Bounacos

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    I like it. Now we just have to spell Majestic consistently. 😉

    It really is a good tool. And if you're one of our clients reading this, don't try to diagnose your own sites! We'll walk through it with you if you want.

  • Carter Cole

    Carter Cole

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    thats right potential SEO clients you still need us… while it can tell you some things to work on you still need us to tell you how to fix it… it doesn't do all the SEO work for you just most of it…

  • Carter Cole

    Carter Cole

    Reply

    Just to give you a heads up on the updates from last week… SEO Site Tools now does robots.txt and sitemap detection, has a super awesome Google WMT external keyword data explorer (i know of no other way to get this data…see about it here), detects 46 common frameworks so you can quickly see a site is using adwords,jquery,wordpress and quantcast (and much more). it also has some other tools like page load speed with pingdom and common string functions like url encode/decode and window resize with the % of browsers that that size will reach… updates for this week that are scheduled include data export and “beginner mode” that explains each metric why its important and a link to the resource that lets you read more in depth

  • George Bounacos

    George Bounacos

    Reply

    I like it. Now we just have to spell Majestic consistently. 😉

    It really is a good tool. And if you're one of our clients reading this, don't try to diagnose your own sites! We'll walk through it with you if you want.

  • Carter Cole

    Carter Cole

    Reply

    thats right potential SEO clients you still need us… while it can tell you some things to work on you still need us to tell you how to fix it… it doesn't do all the SEO work for you just most of it…

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