Essential Chrome Extensions

On Monday we wrote about using the social web’s “hive mind” to  locate important answers and useful information.  Today, we’re pointing to an example of the hive mind in action.  On The Verge’s forums, one of the site’s editors asked Chrome users a simple question: what are your essential extensions?

The post has received more than 150 responses thus far, with most users sharing their favorites.  If you use Google Chrome as your web browser and you’d like to add some functionality, this is a great starting point.

We’ve run through the lists and pulled out ten of the most common responses:

  •  LastPass
    Adds LastPass online password management directly to your browser.
  • Readability
    Re-formats messy online articles to make them more readable.
  • Extension Automator
    Want to automatically disable certain extensions on certain pages? This is your tool.
  • goo.gl URL Shortener
    Quickly convert long URLs into a short URL using Google’s goo.gl service.
  • Google Mail Checker
    Lets you know immediately when you get new email in your Gmail account.
  • Evernote Web Clipper
    For users of Evernote, this extension allows you to easily clip content from the web directly into Evernote.
  • Ghostery
    Helps you guard your privacy by revealing the hidden connections you make as you browse the web.
  • Pocket
    Formerly known as Read it Later, this extension allows you to easily save content you come across on the web so you can return to it later.
  • Google Dictionary
    What does that mean? Answer that question instantly with a dictionary extension.
  • Chromium Wheel Smooth Scroller
    Allows you to customize the smoothness of scrolling both via the keyboard and the mouse wheel.

About Joshua Poje

Joshua Poje
Joshua Poje (@poje) is the Director of the ABA's Legal Technology Resource Center, where he provides technology and practice management guidance to attorneys throughout the country. He is the editor of the annual ABA Legal Technology Survey Report and a frequent speaker and writer on legal technology topics. Follow him on: Twitter | LinkedIn | Google+

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