10 Browser Extensions You Won’t be able to Live Without



Are you addicted to browser extensions? It would seem that I am! Over the years, I’ve discovered some amazing extensions that enhance my productivity and effectiveness, and I thought it was time that I share them with you.

There are so many to discuss, but in this article I am going to discuss 10 which I think you will find very useful.

Can you live without them? Well, technically, yes- you will still live! However, they are going to make your online life easier and help turbo boost your productivity!


#1 Friends+Me

Friends+Me Chrome ExtensionI’ve been using Friends+Me for a long time and it’s probably one of my favourite social media tools. It converts Google+ into a fully fledged social media management tool, allowing you to selectively and intelligently cross post to other social networks.

For many, Google+ remains “yet another social network” that they have to manage. There are some distinct and major advantages in using Google+. I’m not going to go into detail as to why in this post- I’ll let Mike Allton convert you in his article “How to make Google+ your favorite social network“.

In effect, Friends+Me forces you to post to Google+ first, but allowing you to selectively cross post to your Facebook profile, pages or groups, LinkedIn profile, pages or groups, Twitter profiles, Tumblr accounts, Google+ pages or even app.net! It understands the differences in mechanics between each network too- and converts your post into the best format for that network. For example:

  • Twitter: Only posts the title as well as an image from the article you are linking to.
  • For Tumblr, LinkedIn, Facebook and Google+ pages: it posts the whole article with the option of linking back to the Google+ post.

This gives your Google+ profiles and posts more traffic and you will gain more followers. Friends+Me also supports scheduling, so you can space the posting of your content throughout the week.I’ve been really happy to be part of the beta testing team for the new Friends+Me extension for Google Chrome. It’s an amazing addition, and it allows you to share content via Friends+Me as you go about the web. If you find an article you want to share to your social networks, the Friends+Me extension will allow you to post directly from that page- just by clicking a button. Best of all it’s free.

Friends+Me Chrome Extension


#2 MightyText

MightyTextSorry iOS users, but this is only for Android phone users. MightyText is an Android app and Chrome extension that connects your phone with your browser. It allows you to send and receive text messages from your web browser. It integrates with GMail and Facebook too and can even display notifications from your phone. Other features include scheduling texts, backing up videos and photos and phoning direct from your browser

MightyText Extension


#3 Buffer

BufferBuffer is a fantastic social media tool that allows you to schedule posts across pretty much all your social networks. It integrates with Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, Google+ pages and even app.net. The Buffer browser extension allows you to share an article you come across on the web to some or all of your networks. It’s very easy to use and allows you to selectively cross post, schedule or post straight away. In some ways, the Friends+Me extension is more powerful, but Buffer is still a really great tool and easy to use.

Buffer Extension


#4 Riffle

RiffleRiffle from CrowdRiff gives you detailed information on your Twitter followers just by clicking a screen name within Twitter. It’s handy to see a Twitter user’s Klout score, influence/engagement rating and tweeting pattern all from within Twitter!

Riffle Extension


#5 CircleCount

CircleCount CircleCount allows you to find influential Google+ users within a particular market and/or location. You can then follow them or add them via Circloscope (another tool I’m recommending). The CircleCount extension gives you more information on a user, including their ranking, number of +1s, reshares, location and interest tags. Ronnie Bincer, The Hangout Helper, gives more information on the CircleCount extension here.

CircleCount Extension


#6 Evernote Web Clipper

Evernote Web Clipper I love Evernote. It allows me to take notes on my computer, tablet or phone, and I can write them, record audio or take a photo. I also archive all my favourite articles in Evernote by using the tools IFTTT and Feedly. The great thing about the Evernote Clipper extension is that it allows me to quickly take a snapshot of the article I am reading and it’s easy to find again using Evernote’s search facility.

Evernote Web Clipper


#7 Sidekick

Sidekick Sidekick is a browser extension from Hubspot. It’s a powerful tool that alerts you when recipients have opened your email, their location and from what device. It also gives you more information on the person- their professional history, their location, mutual contacts and email history.

Sidekick from Hubspot


#8 RiteTag

RiteTag RiteTag helps you be seen more in Twitter by displaying the popularity of hashtags in real time. They constantly analyse hashtags in Twitter to see what is currently trending and it can alert you when you are using an overly popular or underused hashtag. It’s very easy to use, and integrates fully with the Twitter website.

RiteTag Browser Extension


#9 Klout

Klout ExtensionThe Klout browser extension displays users’ Klout scores directly within Twitter. Very easy to use and helpful, if you trust Klout’s scoring algorithm….!

Klout Extension


#10 Circloscope

CircloscopeI’ll try to be brief, but Circloscope is incredibly powerful! Circloscope allows you to manage your Google+ circles and followers. It is an advanced tool, but well worth the effort. It also integrates fully with CircleCount and another analytics tool, NOD3x. You can set up white and black lists, and filter out people who you follow but who don’t follow you back.

Circloscope


 

Which Extensions do you use?

I haven’t shared all the extensions that I use, but they are ones I use every day. I am sure I have missed some of your favourites out. If so, let me know in the comments below!


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About Ian Anderson Gray

Ian is a speaker, coach, social media consultant, web developer & Partner of Select Performers. In real life he is a husband, dad and geek and is rather partial to tea, coffee & Indian cooking. Find out more



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31 Comments on "10 Browser Extensions You Won’t be able to Live Without"

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Vickie
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Vickie
3 months 23 days ago

Hey Ian!)
Great list! I’d only add one more cool social extension to the list! It’s really brilliant, I’ve recently discovered it. Check it out: https://www.magentocommerce.com/magento-connect/catalog/product/view/id/31096/s/social-media-share-buttons/

Ahmad Imran
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1 year 4 months ago

Ian – a nice and informative post. I am a huge fan of Chrome Extensions and definitely going to try at least three of them. Cheers

Robert A Lyon
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1 year 9 months ago

Do you know the best tool for Instagram that’s reasonably priced? I’ve not been able to find anything promising that doesn’t cost a fortune.

Maggie
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Maggie
2 months 12 days ago

Hootsuite lets you post to Instagram

Nicole King
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Nicole King
1 year 9 months ago

I use none of these and I continue living quite happily, despite the assertion of the title.

Ashley Faulkes
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Ashley Faulkes
1 year 9 months ago

A few new ones in there for me, thanks for sharing Ian, and happy birthday again

Deb Lee
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1 year 9 months ago

I use several of the extensions on your list, including Buffer and Evernote. I also use Hootsuite, Pinterest, LastPass, and Pocket … and I just realized that the Klout extension has been sitting unused for some time. Thanks for the reminder to start using it again. =)

Jaron Ray Hinds
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1 year 9 months ago

great list, had 5/10 .. Ritetag, Buffer, Klout, Evernote Clipper, Sidekick.. Ritetag is probably my favorite fo the list 🙂 I use Pushbutton in place of MightyText, but have used Mighty Text in the past.. The rest are awesome, thanks for the hookup 🙂

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Markoverride
1 year 9 months ago

Personally, I like this chrome extension, which adds a ability to send links to friends simply, directly and privately – Stacks Extension – http://stacks.in https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/stacks-link-sender/hldinpfplalidedlgakgkcpkhadbbjoa

John Dietrich
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1 year 9 months ago

This is a powerful list of tools! Thank you for compiling them.

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