Nov 27, 2010

Top 10 Google Chrome Plugins for Business Users

Google Chrome is the newest kid on the browser block, yet it’s already among the top four most popular Internet browsers. Chrome plugins and extensions still have a long way to go in terms of availability and functionality (most are simply javascript bookmarklets that can be dragged into your Chrome bookmarks), but there are still some worth mentioning. Here are 10 of the most helpful Chrome add-ons for business users.
Social bookmarking is a powerful way to promote your Web site, but who has time to visit every social bookmarking site and download their toolbar? Social Marker does the work for you by automatically submitting a link or blog post to almost 50 social bookmarking Web sites in less than 15 minutes.
Cleeki 
Free
Cleeki has been available for Firefox and Internet Explorer for a while, but it’s finally been made into a Chrome-friendly plugin. Instead of opening a separate Web page to perform certain actions, simply highlight text on a Web page and Cleeki will launch a pop-up window that lets you choose whether you want to search, publish, or share the content. It’s the ultimate shortcut tool for just about any function.
Need to multitask but don’t want to switch between tabs? The Dual View plugin let’s you view two Web sites side by side in the same tab. This handy plugin is great for side-by-side product comparisons, browsing two sites at once, and more.
PageRank 
Free
Keep track of your Web site’s performance -- and your competitors’ -- every time you land on a Web page. Just as the name suggests, PageRank lets you check the Google page rank of any Web page with a simple click of a button.
Don’t let a pesky thing like a language barrier get in the way of researching foreign competitors or attracting new customers from around the world. With Google Translate you can do the following.
  • Translate text, Web pages, and documents into 42 languages 
  • Google Chrome is the newest kid on the browser block, yet it’s already among the top four most popular Internet browsers. Chrome plugins and extensions still have a long way to go in terms of availability and functionality (most are simply javascript bookmarklets that can be dragged into your Chrome bookmarks), but there are still some worth mentioning. Here are 10 of the most helpful Chrome add-ons for business users.
    Social bookmarking is a powerful way to promote your Web site, but who has time to visit every social bookmarking site and download their toolbar? Social Marker does the work for you by automatically submitting a link or blog post to almost 50 social bookmarking Web sites in less than 15 minutes.
    Cleeki 
    Free
    Cleeki has been available for Firefox and Internet Explorer for a while, but it’s finally been made into a Chrome-friendly plugin. Instead of opening a separate Web page to perform certain actions, simply highlight text on a Web page and Cleeki will launch a pop-up window that lets you choose whether you want to search, publish, or share the content. It’s the ultimate shortcut tool for just about any function.
    Need to multitask but don’t want to switch between tabs? The Dual View plugin let’s you view two Web sites side by side in the same tab. This handy plugin is great for side-by-side product comparisons, browsing two sites at once, and more.
    PageRank 
    Free
    Keep track of your Web site’s performance -- and your competitors’ -- every time you land on a Web page. Just as the name suggests, PageRank lets you check the Google page rank of any Web page with a simple click of a button.
    Don’t let a pesky thing like a language barrier get in the way of researching foreign competitors or attracting new customers from around the world. With Google Translate you can do the following.
  • Translate text, Web pages, and documents into 42 languages
  • Enter a search phrase in English to find information in other languages
  • Make Web pages instantly available in other languages
  • Create content in other languages with a translation editor
(Google Translate is also available for Internet Explorer.)
Make the switch from office PC to home PC without any interruption by saving your Chrome settings, bookmarks, e-mail, and profile information to your thumb drive.
Never forget an appointment again thanks to GoCalendar, an extension that displays the next appointment on your calendar in a convenient browser tool strip. Quickly scroll through every upcoming event on your calendar by clicking on the back-and-forth arrows.
Twitlet 
Free
Update your Twitter status without logging in to your Twitter account by opening up Twitlet, a javascript prompt window that lets you Tweet instantly, no matter where you are on the Internet.
Kwout 
Free
A picture is worth a thousand words, which is why quoting a Web site is sometimes better done with an image rather than “quoted” text. With Kwout you can take a snapshot of an entire Web page and crop it down to cut out any text or image you want. Embed the code on your Web site and you can share a visual demonstration of what you’re referencing.
Setting up a FriendFeed account is a great way to collaborate with coworkers, coordinate events, or give status updates. It’s like having a conversation through a feed where everyone can discuss and share information like links, images, and videos. Install the FriendFeed bookmarklet on your Chrome browser and with one click you can share any Web page with your company FriendFeed. You can even attach thumbnails of images from the pages you’re sharing.

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