4 Great Chrome Add-ons to Enhance Your Google+ Experience

Saikat Basu

Google Plus (or Google +) arrived and changed the landscape of social networking. Okay, Facebook may be the uncrowned king, but with the arrival of Google+, it can be said that uneasy lies the head that wears the crown. In any case, even if you are a Facebook fan, you will appreciate that the rivalry has helped to make your social networking experience better as Facebook has been forced to unleash a slew of changes to maintain the status quo.

But if you are on Google+ and not about to jump ship in a hurry, here are four great Chrome add-ons to enhance your Google+ experience.

Extended Share for Google Plus

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With so many social networks to manage, an extension that would allow you to cross-post is a dire need. Extended Share for Google Plus (UPDATE: This tool is not available anymore) adds a link “Share on …” to each post, thus enabling you to share the update with the social network of your choice. The extension supports – Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook, Tumblr, Identi, Posterous, Reddit,   Ping.fm, Hyves, Digg, Blogger, Yahoo, StumbleUpon, Technorati, Netvibes, and AddThis. Simply click on the Share on link and select the network to share your update with.

Replies and more for Google+

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Replies and more for Google+ makes it easier to reply back to a commentator by adding a reply and reply-to-author buttons to Google+ comments. You can easily add other +mentions (i.e. contacts from your stream) by typing in their names tacked by a ‘+’. Other changes include:

  • You can hit Ctrl+Enter and Shift+Enter to submit a comment or post.
  • You can hit ‘M’ to hit a post.
  • You can use a little dropdown to help with the sharing on Twitter and Facebook.

+Photo Zoom

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+Photo Zoom (UPDATE: This tool is not available anymore) is a simple extension providing fast and simple zooming for photos within your Google+ Stream. Just hover over the image you wish to zoom and +Photo Zoom will load the enlarged version of the picture.

Surplus

Surplus turns your Chrome into a Google Plus client by allowing you to use Google Plus from within the extension pop-up itself. You can set it up to receive desktop notifications (and with sound!), and share posts from within the pop-up. Surplus also gives you a choice of modes which allow you to control the features you want in this Google Plus ‘client’. The extension’s icon also displays the number of notifications.

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These four extensions give you a few enhancements which Google Plus does not provide as default. From more convenient ways of sharing to a quicker way to interact with your network of friends, which is your favored extension? Or do you have another which is not on this list?


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