Browser Extensions {Bloggiesta Mini-Challenge}

Bloggiesta Mini-Challenge

During the last Bloggiesta chat, a few of us were talking about browser extensions. I thought other people might like to know what extensions I use and find handy, so I’m going to share them with you. I use the Google Chrome browser, so these are all Chrome extensions. I found Firefox equivalents for almost all of them, but cannot vouch for them as I do not use Firefox.

browser extension definition

Goodreads Right Click – Highlight and right-click on a book’s title, author or ISBN/ASIN on a webpage and you can search Goodreads now (opens a new tab and takes you to that tab right then and there) or search Goodreads later (opens a new tab but keeps you on your current tab). I found this incredibly handy when I see a book that interests me on a blog or when I purchase a book online and want to catalog it on Goodreads. {Firefox}

Google Dictionary – Double click on a word and a small pop-up bubble appears with the definition. {Firefox}

Awesome Screenshot: Capture & Annotate – Not only does this extension allow you to take a screenshot, but you can edit the image right there on the spot. You can capture the visible part of the page, a selected area, or the entire page. You can also annotate your screenshot with rectangles, circles, arrows, lines, and text. You can also use the blur effect to hide sensitive information. {Firefox}

Hootsuite Hootlet – Quickly share web pages to all of your social networks. You will need to have a Hootsuite account (free) in order to use this extension. {Firefox}

Bit.ly – Quickly and easily get a shortened URL for the page you’re currently on. {Firefox}

Pickpocket – I prefer the Pickpocket extension over Pocket’s own extension because it shows me how many items I have in my Pocket right on the extension icon. Pickpocket also shows me my saved items right there in the extension (it drops down); I don’t have to open my Pocket page to view them. {Firefox doesn’t have this exact same add-on but they do have one for Pocket.}

Mailto: – The default email program is Outlook, which I don’t use. With this extension, I was able to make Gmail my default email program. Now, whenever I click on an email address, Gmail opens up with the email address already added. Works with AOL, Fastmail, Gmail, Hotmail, Yahoo, and Zoho. {Firefox doesn’t have this exact same add-on but they do have MailtoWebmails.}

Pin It Button – I love this extension because it makes pinning super easy. When I pin my reviews, all I need to do is hover over the image I wish to pin (the book cover), and the Pin icon will appear. {Firefox – not sure if this add-on has the same ability to pin when you hover over image.}

RSS Subscription – This extension will detect RSS feeds and allows you to add them to Feedly (or another RSS reader). (Note: You will need to edit the extension to set Feedly as your default reader. When you add Feedly, this is the URL you’ll need to add: http://cloud.feedly.com/#subscription/feed/%s) {Firefox doesn’t have this exact same add-on but they do have some options.}

Checker Plus for Gmail – Has desktop notifications that allows you to read, archive, or delete emails without opening a Gmail tab. Plus there’s a Gmail icon that lets me know how many unread emails I have. {Firefox doesn’t have this exact same add-on but they do have Gmail Manager, though I don’t know if it does the same exact thing.}

Facebook Disconnect – Stops Facebook from tracking the webpages you go to. {Firefox}

TinEye Reverse Image Search – Right-click on an image and see where it came from, how and where it’s used, or find higher resolution versions. {Firefox}

Gismeteo – A weather extension. Extension icon displays current temperature. (Good to know that it’s 88 degrees out right now, and it’s 9:30 pm as I type this. Bleh.) {Firefox}



THE CHALLENGE

Try out one (or more) of these browser extensions and leave a comment here letting me know what you think. Or if you are already using an awesome browser extension, leave a comment and tell me about it.

About Brianna: Supermom by day, naughty reader by night. Addicted to chocolate, Twitter, her iPad, her Kindle, and 99¢ Kindle deals. You can follow Brianna on Twitter, Facebook, Goodreads, and Instagram.

25 comments:

  1. The goodreads one would be insanely handy!

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    1. I absolutely love that extension. I use it every day.

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  2. Thanks! I'm going to try a few of them :)

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  3. I love this post. Great job, I've just added about 5 more extensions to my already massive list.

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  4. I don't use many extensions, but I absolutely loved the Feedly Mini one, and I was so sad when they took it away. It's back now but I haven't tried the new version yet (I got used to doing without and just haven't gotten around to trying it again). I also have an extension for Buffer which is really handy for sharing links.

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    1. I used to have the Buffer extension, but didn't use it much. I might add it back...

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  5. That Facebook one!! Ughhh.. I go to one page and then there are ads all over facebook. That one is going to be great!

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  6. The Firefox Pinterest Pin button adds a Pin option when you right-click images. I wish Firefox had a Goodreads version, it would be so handy.

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    1. I hadn't realized it before, but the Chrome Pinterest extension also lets you right-click images. Thanks for mentioning that! I've always hovered over the image and clicked on the Pin it button that appeared. The Goodreads extension is very handy. Maybe Firefox will get it in the future.

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  7. Great challenge! I tried out Pickpocket but not sure if I prefer it or Pocket itself. I will have to try it for a while and see what I think!

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    1. I had tried Pocket first but it drove me nuts. Then I found Pickpocket and I was like 'this is it!'. LOL

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  8. Good news is, the extensions I wanted are available on Chrome as well! Yay! But I'm not sure I want to use Hootsuite, as ironic as that may seem given my love of all things owl. I'm going to have to look around and see what other options there are to do a proper compare and contrast. Thanks!

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    1. Come back and let us know which extension you go with. I love finding out what other people use :)

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  9. Buffer is probably my favorite extension, though I use it more for my business to curate content on Twitter.

    Downloading the FB extension and the Goodreads one now! :) (Also bookmarking this for later if I feel like I need to try out more.

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    1. I used to have the Buffer extension but removed it. I've been thinking of adding it back though.

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  10. I love the goodreads and hootsuite extensions. They're so helpful! I'm checking out facebook disconnect now. I didn't know they tracked pages you visit, but I'm happy to prevent it!

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    1. Facebook is like Big Brother watching you. I used to log off every time I was done using it, so it wouldn't track me. But then I got lazy. Then I found this extension and it made me feel a bit better.

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  11. I went ahead and installed the Goodreads Right Click extension. It's wonderful! I wish I'd known about it sooner. I also snagged the dictionary one, which will come in handy.

    Thanks for another fantastic mini-challenge, Brianna! Your challenges always rock :)

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    1. Those are probably the 2 extensions I use most. Glad you find them useful!

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  12. Just downloaded the Goodreads extension. Thanks for the heads up. The Facebook one is great. I will look further into the others. Thanks.

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    1. Let me know if you find any extensions that prove useful. I'm always on the lookout for extensions :)_

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  13. I didn't know about the Goodreads one, that will be really useful! Thanks for this and for commenting on my Bloggiesta post.

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