Chrome Extensions – Why It Changes Everything You Know

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Extensions are apps, for your browsers

Extensions are small software programs that can modify and enhance the functionality of your chrome browser. Written in HTML, CSS and Javascript, they fundamentally alter the way we work.

Remember how we were so afraid over potential spoilers leaking out for The Force Awakens?

Noooooooooooooo!

This extension automatically warns you if you were to read something about Star Wars that would leak the spoilers away.

Sick of our new POTUS? This extension blocks him from the almighty, essentially your version of the Internet.

Like many technologies that emerged in the enterprise, extensions are a growing way that gains popularity in our personal lives. And that’s just the beginning.

Why are extensions such a big deal?

Extensions are available for all the jobs you can think of. Development, sales, marketing, design, customer support, there are more extensions out there than you can think of. For the standard user that uses Gmail web app, you can literally give it a boost on email tracking, meeting scheduling, CRM, sales automation etc. All without leaving your inbox.

Here are some extensions I currently use, for your perusal

1Rapportive

“Displays information – social, professional and any personal notes from LinkedIn, Facebook, StackOverflow in the sidebar.”

It basically helps you get more information about a person, save notes and connect them on Linkedin/Facebook. A neat trick to really get to know who you are talking to, prior to talking to them.

2. Momentum

“Personal dashboard designed to eliminate distraction and provide inspiration, focus, and productivity.”

This is my first extension download. Everyday I am motivated to work harder due to the beautiful landscape images.

3. Netflix Party

“Netflix Party is a Chrome extension for watching Netflix remotely with friends, e.g., for movie nights with that long-distance special someone.”

4. uBlock Origin

“Free and open source, cross-platform browser extension for content-filtering, including ad-blocking.”

Fun fact: The original uBlock was acquired by a mystery company, and the original team re-created the same old u Block, renamed uBlock Origin. It has 11.6K 5 star reviews on Chrome Webstore – total insane

5. Camelcamelcamel

“aka The Camelizer”

This extension lets you see an amazon product’s pricing history and notifies you when a product goes on sale. One of the best price tracking services, hands down. With 1030 upvotes on Reddit on most useful extension, it wouldn’t let you down if you’re an avid Amazon shopper like me. For the most part, it makes you regret that you bought something when it’s not at its lowest price

When the price actually kills you

6. RateX

“Payment extension that helps you pay less online. Works on both local and international sites.”

What we do is essentially using discount coupon codes acquired from merchants to maximise your cart savings, and then if its an overseas site, our extension allows you to save 5-7% by offering the Google exchange rate for your foreign purchases without any fees.

So go ahead and download Google Chrome, give it a spin and make your internet experience even more productive with these extensions. 🙂

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