Polishing Up My Chrome Apps

Post by Ray Hiltz 2 years ago - Google Plus - 4 Comments

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I’ve been a Google Chrome Apps fan for a few years now.

What first drew me to Chrome was the merged address/search bar (which other browsers now offer) and the clean user interface (UI).

Since launching the Chrome Web Store in 2011, I’ve only made a teeny weenie dent in the thousands of apps and extensions found there.

Since my new Hangout buddy, Cedar Brown recently published his favourite 6 Google+ Extensions: I won’t include Google+ extensions in this post.

I did a blog post recently on how to use Do Sharewhich is an extension that allows us to schedule Google+ post to our personal and brand pages.

And Poonvis is a great Google+ Hangout app that swaps your preview panel to the top of your screen and auto expands the chat window within the Hangout.

Now, on to my favourite Chrome Extensions that I polish daily.


1. BufferApp & SocialBro

I combined these because I use them in tandem. Buffer is my Tweet pusher and SocialBro, my booker.

SocialBro is a great Twitter analyser and CRM that also gives me a report of my optimal tweet times.

I can sync this into my Buffer schedule.

I was using the Buffer toolbar button a lot until I noticed that the tweets I was sharing didn’t include the “source”. ie. where the link originated.

This is not the case if you “buffer” it directly from the Tweet or Buffer button on the website.

 BufferApp Twitter Share
BufferApp tweet share - with attribution

 

Posts shared to FaceBook from Buffer receive a chilly reception.

There’s no thumbnail and EdgeRank doesn’t “like” them.

 

2. goo.glURL Shortener

Google URL Shortener

 I use Google URL shortener 90% of the time.

(from their site) The Google URL Shortener provides analytics tracking for all short URLs.

To access your short URL’s analytics, just add “.info” after any short URL.

For example, detailed analytics for http://goo.gl/l6MS is available at http://goo.gl/l6MS.info.

Besides generating a QR code, you can also add “services” like Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter.

If you come across the rare site that doesn’t have a share button,  you can share directly form the goo.gl shortener.

 

3. Lazarus: Form Recovery (actually an app, not an extension)

 

Lazarus Form Recovery App icon

A the name implies, this extension resurrects form contents that you thought you lost when your browser crashed, or you clicked somewhere else on the page and lost your comment text.


I first used this when I was still using Firefox and was very happy it was made available on Chrome. (also available on Safari) Have you ever in a flash of inspiration, wrote a stream of Pulitzer worthy prose in someone’s comment stream, only to have it disappear just as you were about to wrap it all up with a dynamic florish?

Here’s a ScreenFlow video of how it works:

 

ScreenFlow Video Lazarus Form Recovery App

Maybe we can have a Chrome Apps party sometime where we bring our favourite apps, leave them in a bowl at the door and switch them up. Am I dating myself?


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About Ray Hiltz

Ray Hiltz is a Google Plus Specialist and Social Media Strategist helping small businesses establish their brands and build their communities on the social web. A strong proponent for the power of collaborative communication and "humanized" digital networking, Ray writes about social media, social business and Google Plus. His clients include hotels, restaurants, consulting firms, entrepreneurs, writers and individuals just trying to make sense of "social". Ray is a popular speaker on Social Media, Social Business and Google+.

2 comments
luislondon
luislondon

Very useful! Thanks for sharing this, I actually never used a couple of this apps, I am bookmarking this article. I know I am going to consult it in the future again.

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luislondon You're quite welcome, Luis. :-)