Feel the Need for Browsing Speed? Check Out Google Chrome and Its New Extensions
I started using Google Chrome as one of my browsers in August as a way of accessing and using my Google toolbelt my efficiently, but I have come to love it as much as Firefox this autumn. Google Chrome is a speedy browser that is incredibly easy to use and navigate.
However, until now, Chrome did not offer the myriad of extensions available in Firefox. You will need the “beta” version of Google Chrome to run the new extensions that are now offered. While I am sure there will be tweaks to these extensions as they receive feedback from users, I am excited by the possibilities because Chrome is such a fast, stable, and clean browser. I am especially excited to see the Diigo bookmark extension (not as good as the one designed by Diigo for Firefox but better than nothing) and theShareaholic extensions; I’m also intrigued by the Google Quick Scroll extension and how students might possibly use this tool for information skimming and scanning. Other fun extensions include NPR News, Music, and Books as well as the Picnik photo editing extension. If you are playing with Google Wave like I am, you will also want to test drive the Google Wave extension to monitor your waves.
After showing the browser to my Media 21 students earlier this semester, many installed it home and report that they love its sleek look and lightning fast performance. I will be sharing the apps information with them in class this week as I feel confident some will want to experiment and play with these new extensions, too.
If you have not tried Google Chrome, I encourage you to check it out. If you are heavy user of Google Apps, I especially recommend it as the Google Apps, as you might expect, live more happily in this browser space.