And one that makes me grin from ear to ear!
Someone mentioned “browser extensions” during a discussion in a Facebook group the other day. Then someone else asked “What is an extension?” I thought everyone knew what browser extensions are, but apparently not. For those of you who don’t know, browser extensions are handy, dandy little applications or add-ons you can install on your browser to add additional functions to your browsing experience and provide added value by letting you access functions for certain websites or applications without actually going to the site. Both Chrome and FireFox have a ton of great ones! I’m a bit partial to Chrome.
I have 14 extensions installed on my browser, but these are my favorites:
Hootsuite Hootlet: As long as you have a Hootsuite account, the Hootlet extension allows you to post to your social media channels through Hootsuite from ANY web page. If you are using the free version of Hoosuite you can connect with 3 of your favorite platforms. If you have the paid version, you can connect with as many as you want. I have the paid version of Hootsuite, so am able to connect it to my Facebook Profile, Facebook Page, Twitter, LinkedIn, LinkedIn Company Page, Instagram, and Pinterest (by integrating the Tailwind app).You can send immediately, schedule Tweets and posts for the future and auto-schedule Tweets and posts. It also adds a little Hootlet Owl as an option when you are using the share buttons on someone else’s blog post so you can access the same features. And … it shows up on a Facebook post whenever there is an article or video you can share. This little extension is priceless to me!
Evernote Web Clipper: The Evernote Web Clipper lets me save any blog post or article or web page to Evernote with the click of a button. It lets me choose the notebook I want to save it to, as well as add whatever tags I want. I use this extension all the time when I find a website with a lot of info I want to save, an article on Facebook or a blog post I want to save for later.[clickToTweet tweet=”Are you using browser extensions? If not … you might be missing out on some great features!” quote=”Are you using browser extensions? If not … you might be missing out on some great features!”]
RoboForm Password Manager: This little lovely lets me save and retrieve all of my passwords in RoboForm. My brain is old, so not having to remember a bunch of passwords helps tremendously. I have a RoboForm Everywhere account, so it’s also accessible on my iPhone and iPad.
Send to Kindle for Google Chrome: The send to Kindle extension makes sending and reading web content like news articles and blog posts to your Kindle device or reading app easy as pie. Having news articles and blog posts available to read on your Kindle when you’re out and about can be a very convenient way to pass the time!
Send from Gmail (by Google): Does just what it says. It makes Gmail your default email application and provides a button to compose a Gmail message to quickly share a link via email.
And now for the one that makes me grin from ear to ear!
Do any of you subscribe to Unsplash to get photos to use on your blog or in social media? It’s free, and you are free to use the photos wherever you want. (More about this one next week when I tackle my favorite sites to get free photos!) Well … they now have a Chrome extension. It’s called Unsplash Instant. What is so freaking awesome about this little beauty is every time I open a new tab in Chrome, there is a lovely new photo waiting for me to download and add to my collection. Yes, I said every single time I open a new tab there is a new photo! How awesome is that. You’ve really got to check it out.
Do you take advantage of any add-ons and extensions on your browser? Share your favorites with us. Leave a comment below telling me ones you use and why you like them.
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