Statistics packages for website tracking give a variety of data points, one of the more common being the flavor of browser your visitors use when they land on your site.
About five years ago, Firefox became the dominant browser of choice, ousting Microsoft’s Internet Explorer (IE). Google launched its own Chrome browser a few years ago, and it has steadily chipped away at both Firefox and IE in terms of adoption. Over that last six months or so, Chrome has inched out Firefox and taken over as the number one browser for my visitors, with Firefox at a close number two, and Safari and IE rounding out the top four. (Note: Those are simply my stats and not necessarily the world of browsing at large.)
With more and more Chrome users coming online everyday, I thought I would share some of my top browser extensions from the Chrome Store. These little add-ons, available in dozens of categories, can make your browsing more productive and easier to interface with tools you are already using.
1. Smartr Inbox for Gmail
This little add-on lets you get rich contact info, e-mail history and updates from LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter for everyone in your Gmail inbox. You can view what’s going on in their world right from Gmail as you compose a reply.
2. Google Calendar Extension
I use Google Calendar with Gmail and this add-on puts a calendar button in the browser that pops up to see my calendar without leaving the page. It also makes it very easy to add events from Facebook or Eventbrite.
I like to use this simple image editor to edit, mark up and annotate images that I find to show designers examples, give out quick tips and explain examples to customers and better explain a change I might want to make to something.
4. Docs PDF PowerPoint Viewer
I don’t know about you, but I get really annoyed when I click on a link only to have to wait for Acrobat or PowerPoint to load. This add-on gives you x-ray vision to view docs, PDFs and PowerPoint files without having to download or launch anything.
5. SEO Serp Data
There are lots of ways to use your browser to see how you and your competition are doing in terms of SEO, but I like the dataset this one presents the best. Having a tool that gives you on-the-fly information about websites you visit can also help you better understand more than just the words on the page.
6. Read Later Fast
Read Later is a great tool for saving pages and articles that you know you want to get to, but just not now. The thing I like most about this service is that you can access the saves offline as well as online. This extension makes bookmarking to Read Later even easier in Chrome.
7. World Time Buddy
The world is certainly a flatter place these days, and it’s not uncommon to conduct events and meetings with people in several different time zones. The World Time Buddy tool makes figuring out when it’s 2 p.m. in Timbuktu easier than any I’ve seen.
What Chrome add-ons have you found help you get more done?
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John Jantsch is a marketing consultant, speaker and author of Duct Tape Marketing and The Referral Engine and the founder of the Duct Tape Marketing Consultant Network.