Surplus For Chrome Lets You Access Google+ Everywhere

Posted on 08. Jul, 2011 by in Chrome, News

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I did say something like this was coming very soon. Granted, it’s not an official extension or update from Google, but just the same, it’s something to tide users over until such an extension releases. Hey, I’m still standing firm in my belief that it will. Call me crazy, but I think integrating + into Chrome is something Google’s definitely going to be looking into as we draw ever nearer to the inevitable Google + launch date.

unnamedAnyway, there’s now a Chrome extension that allows you to stay connected to Google + anywhere on the net. You can share with your circles, respond to posts made by friends, switch between multiple Google accounts and set up notification sounds and desktop notifications. Pretty cool, right? Surplus was created by the rather talented young Antimatter Fifteen. Kid’s only sixteen years old, and already he’s got a pretty damned impressive portfolio of apps. Take a look at this excerpt from his Google + page:


I’ve written several chrome extensions including SurplusCloud SaveCrOS Savedrag2upOffline Dictionarystick2, the non functional cross platform Music Beta upload app MusicAlpha, and an Offline Wikipedia dump reader. I made Ajax Animator, a web based animation authoring tool, VectorEditor, a Raphael-based vector graphics tool, and the Khan Academy scratchpad.

Yikes. I get the feeling he might just have a bright future ahead of him designing apps and extensions.  At the very least, he’s got some potential. Anyway, that’s neither here nor there. Let’s take another look at Surplus. After all, that’s what we’re all here for, right? Now, while this extension’s pretty nifty, it does have one minor design flaw. Emphasis on the word ‘minor’ here.

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See, for link sharing, Surplus doesn’t pull the link directly from the page you’re on. Granted, you can fix the problem with a simple copy+paste; but just the same, it would have been a nice functionality to add on. Oh, one more thing- depending on what build of Chrome you’re using, Surplus apparently has the potential to be something of a CPU hog, according to this user review on the extension page:

As soon as I enable the extension, every tab I have open starts using 3-10% CPU, even if I then disable the extension. I have to shut down Chrome completely and restart it to get the tabs to stop hogging the CPU. I’m using 14.0.803.0 dev-m.

So…basically, if you’re using that particular build of Chrome, you should probably be careful. Otherwise, this is one extension that Google + users should definitely at least try. You can grab it here.

Update: Seems there’s a few more problems with the extension. A couple more users are reporting rather considerable memory leaks, and I myself have noticed a rather…well, bizarre glitch. For some reason, the extension now brings up Google Images in the dropdown menu, almost cropping out the functional features.  I’m currently using the latest dev build (Yeah, I know, I know, I told you guys to exercise caution when using this app with that build); no word yet if these problems also occur in the Stable and Beta releases.  I’ve contacted Antimatter about the issue, I’ll keep you guys posted when I Get a response.

Via Lifehacker

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7 Responses to “Surplus For Chrome Lets You Access Google+ Everywhere”

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  2. Daniel

    08. Jul, 2011

    The app does have it’s issues, but there’s a completely new re-write of it coming, judging by what he’s saying about the next version (“Surplus 3″). There’s not much he can do about it right now, really, as Google+ does not yet have an API.

    However, his CloudSave extension is amazing. Now I’m somewhat convinced I can use a Chromebook….

  3. [...] I covered this one recently, as well. Long story short, it lets you access the basics of your Google + profile without taking you back to the site to do so. Granted, there are a few glitches with it at the moment, but the developer’s working hard to repair them. [...]

  4. September

    25. Jul, 2011

    use the Rockmelt browser, which supports chrome add-ons
    and i’ve been using surplus for weeks with very little issues
    but today i got a message from the developer:

    As much as I hate to infringe on this valuable screen estate, I feel a need to bring attention to what I consider an important issue. My Google+ account, along with the accounts of many others, has been suspended on the grounds of merely using a pseudonym. If you can do anything about this, not only to rectify this one profile but to correct this ludicrous policy, I urge you to do so. Until then, I can no longer support the Surplus extension.

    well this sucks
    does that mean my surplus extension will stop working?

  5. Nicholas Greene

    25. Jul, 2011

    I believe your extension should still work fine- him being unable to support Surplus basically means we won’t be seeing any future updates from him for the extension- the way it is now is the way it’s going to stay for the foreseeable future.

    I will be contacting Antimatter FIfteen to find out more about this.

  6. Nicholas Greene

    25. Jul, 2011

    It might not be a bad idea to look around and see what other extensions are out there, though- there are quite a few Chrome addons that do pretty much the same thing as Surplus.

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