The top recommended Google Chrome extensions

Chrome extensions

If you move to Google Chrome browser, you’ll want to load up some useful recommended extensions. Luckily installing these is very easy in Chrome. To help you on your way, from my 130 Delicious bookmarks on Google Chrome extensions, I’ve identified 30 posts on favorite/essential/recommended/must have Google Chrome extensions. To get an idea which were the most recommended extensions in these posts, I keyed all the recommended extension names into MS Excel and totalled the recommendations (or votes) for each extension. I then sorted on the vote column, excluded extensions with less than 3 votes and plotted a graph in Excel. I’ve also excluded the Google Wave Notifier extension as Wave is no more. I did a similar post on the top recommended WordPress plugins recently.

Here’s what I found for Chrome:

Top Google Chrome Extensions

I’ll quickly run though the top 14 recommended Chrome extensions with 6 or more votes. There’s a link to each extension at the start of each summary.

Xmarks: Of the 30 posts, over half recommended the Xmarks extension, the most popular pick. Backup and sync your bookmarks, passwords and open tabs across computers and browsers with Xmarks. As you may know, Xmarks was to close down but at the time of writing, a buyer has been found and it will continue as a free and premium (freemium) service.

Chromed Bird: This is a Twitter client integrated into Chrome and has all the essential functionality to allow you to quickly interact with your followers from your Chrome browser.

IE Tab:  Some sites can only be displayed properly using Internet Explorer (I don’t know of many), and with this extension you can now see those sites in a separate Chrome tab. Also useful for web developers who want to test the IE rendering engine.

Google Mail Checker: Displays the number of unread messages in your Google Mail inbox. You can also click the button to open your Gmail inbox.

LastPass: If you use LastPass, this extension gives you one click access to your password manager and form filler. LastPass is a great way to manage your web usernames and passwords and syncs them across PCs and browsers.

RSS Subscription Extension: Adds one-click RSS feed subscription to your Chrome toolbar. Detects when there is a feed you can subscribe to and places an icon in the address bar. Click it to subscribe.

Clip to Evernote: If you use Evernote to save all the interesting stuff you see on the web, this extension will let you quickly clip sites to your Evernote account. In the extension options, you can also enable Google searches to be performed on your Evernote account. The extension badge will be updated with a count of matching notes.

StumbleUpon:  If you use StumbleUpon, simply click the Stumble button and start browsing webpages randomly. There are over 500 topics to choose from, and, the more you use it, the better your recommendations become.

Facebook for Google Chrome: This extension lets you quickly view, post and comment on your Facebook pages from your browser.

Shareaholic for Google Chrome: A great quick and easy way to share interesting webpages to Facebook, Twitter, Email, Gmail, Buzz, Reader, Bookmarks, and more…For example, if you want to retweet a blog post which doesn’t have a retweet button, click the Shareaholic button and select Twitter to quickly share your find.

Adblock:  Blocks intrusive ads all over the web, but remember that ads help pay for some of the great content you see on many of your favourite sites.

FlashBlock: This extension blocks all Flash content from loading and saves your precious resources. It then leaves placeholders on the webpage that allow you to click to download and then view the Flash content. You can also specify that a certain domain may retain its functionality.

WOT: Web of Trust is a safe browsing tool, which warns you about risky sites that cheat customers, deliver malware or send spam. Traffic-light rating symbols show which websites you can trust for safe surfing, shopping and searching on the web.

Feedly: Organizes your Google Reader feeds and Twitter content into a magazine-like start page. A fast and stylish way to read and share the content of your favourite sites and services.

So if you’re just starting out using Chrome browser, or if you’re looking to add some extensions recommended across the blogosphere, have a look through these.

Are there any Chrome extensions you can’t do without which aren’t on this list? Drop a comment below.

One Response

  1. Nick Says:

    Good post! There are so many great and useful plugins for Google Chrome, I only use a few such as GMail Checker, Adblock plus, facebook zoom, Google Reader and few other ones.

    I was a Firefox user since Firefox was in beta and now I’ve switched to Chrome and I love it. It’s so much faster than firefox. But I really don’t like how Google made the built in Bookmarks manager, it really sucks. Firefox wins on that problem. I’ve tried a bunch of bookmark plugins, like xmarks, but I hardly use other computers, but I should be backing them up on the inter webs, just in case if there was anything to go wrong.

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