Guess what I’ve got for you today, folks? You guessed it- more Google + themed Chrome extensions and applications. What, you thought I was done? It’s like I’ve said before- Google + is gaining steam with all the speed of a runaway locomotive. With that in mind, there’ll always be new extensions to cover, new means by which the developers are improving upon an already excellent platform. Granted, the array of extensions I’ve found this time aren’t quite as impressive as some of the addons I profiled in previous posts, but they’re all still useful in their own way- and they’re definitely the sort of tools that someone, somewhere, is going to need.
This time around, we’ve got some added functionality for Google’s “+1″button, a non-malware extension that lets you add Facebook to G+, and some minor cosmetic overhauls for Google’s social networking platform. Enjoy.
We’ll start out with something simple yet undeniably useful. This extension’s known as “Plus One(+1).” It’s pretty much what’s written on the box. Basically, it allows you to +1 any website you happen to visit. See something cool, and want to show your circles that you approve of it? The +1 button lets you do that. Sounds rather nifty, no? Grab it from the web store if it sounds like your cup of tea. Once you’ve installed it, click the extension’s icon to +1 whatever page you might happen to be visiting at the time. Those of you who don’t like the idea of this extension accessing all your browsing data can alternatively download this extension. Does pretty much the same thing, but requires less extensive permissions.
This can probably qualify as one of those ‘just for fun’ extensions. Let’s say someone in one of your circles posts something you find offensive, pointless, or just plain boring. Your ire for it is such that you don’t even want to waste time commenting to tell them what they shared is bad and they should feel bad. With the -1 Minus One extension, you won’t have to go to the trouble of putting your dislike into words- you can just click -1. It’ll display a -1 count on the contact’s post, so everyone else who has the extension can see how much they fail.
Okay, I know the last time I linked you guys to something like this, it turned out to be malware- but bear with me a moment here, guys. This one seems a lot more legitimate than Google + Facebook. I mean, you can download it from the web store- that’s already a step up right there. Plus, it doesn’t have a list of permissions longer than the Encyclopedia Britannica- another point in its favor. All it needs is your data from Facebook and your data from Google +- both of which make perfect sense if it’s going to be linking the two up to one another.
So…basically, this extension does the same thing as Google+Facebook, but without the malware. And hey, Batman uses it; so you know it’s gotta be good.
Here’s a totally cosmetic extension- and a particularly simple one. All it does is replace the default notification icon in the Google bar with a Reddit Orangered envelope. A recent update to the extension also added a notification count next to the envelope, so you can know how many items require your attention. Anyone who’s not a Redditer probably won’t be particularly interested in this one. Those of you who are, have at it- I’m going to sit this one out.
We’ll round out the list with another pretty simple one. I’m sure there are those among you who find the default gray of Google’s Google bar to be incredibly drab, and rather boring. Have no fear! There’s an extension to provide a balm for your Google woes- it’ll let you change the color from the dark gray default to either green, pink, or blue (The latter two are available from the developer’s website, so that’s strictly an ‘install at your own risk’ deal.) The developer also makes the code available for more tech-savvy users to perform the customization themselves- he actually seems to encourage that method, informing users on his website that the default options are ‘for the lazy.’