For those of you on Google+, there are several useful extensions you can install the Google Chrome browser to make your Google+ experience easier and more effective.
If you don’t have Chrome, I suggest you download and use it. It does seem better and quicker to me, and it generally integrates better with all of Google’s services.
I’ve had a go on many of the available extensions, and have seen that some are useful, and others aren’t really worth it. Here are my top 8 in no order that are worth installing, especially for freelancers using Google+ professionally.
For each of the following, click the name of the extension to be taken to a page where you can click ‘+ Add to Chrome’ to install it.
1. SG Plus
This is useful for being able to see your Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and RSS streams inside your Google+ stream. The extension also provides options so that you can share your Google+ updates in Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn. Very useful.
This is handy for displaying your notifications ‘red square’ in your browser from any web page, not just Google+.
It also allows you to create and respond to posts from within its popup, and read your notifications.
A nice tool that adds a ‘reply to author’ button underneath posts. This basically means it will tag the author of the post so that your comment goes directly to them.
With the ability to re-share posts to Twitter (as well as translate text, see desktop notifications, and bookmark to Delicious) this can be used as a handy ‘retweet’ tool.
This installs a ‘+1′ button next to the address bar in your Chrome browser, and means you can +1 any website (your seal of approval that can be seen by friends and contacts), even those whose webmaster hasn’t added one.
6. Photo Zoom
Take the strain out of your eyes by using this extension to enlarge photos just by hovering over them.
This one improves the readability of posts and other sections in Google+ by defining edges more, as well as allowing you to star posts to read later. It just makes Google+ a little easier to use.
Here is a useful search directory for other Google+ users that you can add to your own circles, right from within your browser. You can specify quite focused search terms in finding people to network with, and be found by others.
As Google+ expands, and more people create more extensions, this list will be added to, and some extensions will probably fall off this list. I’d love you, the keen reader, to add any others you think help enhance your Google+ experience.