I have been suing using Firefox for well, over two years with the Google Chrome being my secondary one. The only problem that kept me away initially was the lack of extension support but that changed thanks to all the development lately.
I will be using this post to highlight the top Twitter extensions for the Google Chrome browser, getting used to them myself before I can actually make a shift to making Chrome my preference. I have kept the list short, just a disclaimer before our respectful readers complain of having left many others.
By far this extension has most users and offers a lot of features to enhance your Twitter experience within the browser. The extension lets you:
- Create custom search queries that will update automatically
- Preview image links by hovering them
- See all your tweets in an unified timeline
- Follow your timelines (including @mentions, lists, DMs and favorites) and navigate through your tweets
- Compose, reply, RT, share, favorite and delete tweets
The extension adds additional features to Twitter increasing your overall productivity with the micromessaging service. Some of the key features include:
- Reply to all – lets you reply to all participants in a tweet by clicking the Reply to all button.
- Highlight mentions in the timeline
- Changing the Tweet alignment [helps if you write in Arabic, Urdu].
Twitter Share This Page
Of course we now have all sorts of Twitter buttons to share/tweet the page we think is of interest. The extension adds a small Twitter share button right inside your address bar. Clicking the button would open the status page of Twitter with a prefilled status.
Tweetings For Twitter
I personally know people who have grudges against using the Desktop clients for Twitter. Irrespective how many powerful features TweetDeck offers or how fast Seesmic is, it’s not their piece of cake. For those Webby users, Tweetings for Twitter is quite nice alternative.
It lets you do all things Twitter on your Chrome browser while you browse the web. Some features include:
- Shortening links
- Quote tweets [RT, via, any manner you prefer]
- Store Partially composed Tweets
My personal favorite. The extension lets you see the reactions a page has got on Twitter. These include mentions, RTs, etc. I won’t do much explanation and let you watch the video to do explanation for the extension created by Shapeshed.
Need a desktop like experience of Twitter on Chrome? Give this one a try. The extension places your Twitter profile in tabs making browsing easier added with the more traditional Twitter features like old style RT, search and favorites.
Who likes wasting time trying to find the most read/shared post on a new website you visit randomly thanks to Digg, StumbleUpon, etc? Twitter Pulse lets you find the most Tweeted/Retweeted, in short the trending post on a particular page you visit.
It displays the top 10 list for the time period you specify [Right Now, 24Hours, 7 Days, Month, All].
Hide Twitter Suggestions Plus
I guess like myself many of you detest the Twitter Who To Follow feature and Google how to remove ‘who to follow’. Well this extension won’t remove the option, but will let you place the feature to the bottom of the sidebar and lets you collapse the same.
Still new, so expect bugs, crashes, etc. You can also install the simpler Hide Twitter Suggestions to completely hide the box.
Twitter Poke Application
What’s life without having an integration of a few Facebook feature. Even if it’s the loathsome Poke one. The app adds a poke button next to the reply. Here’s a creative bit, if you poke in response to a poke, the poke changes to Retaliate.
Just one drawback, it doesn’t let you send DM. But hey, what good is a poke if it’s not public?
Twitter And Google Mashup
As the name suggest, the extension puts mashes search results from Twitter on Google Search. This is doe by replacing the paid adverts section on the search page. What makes this a better option is that it places your search results in two columns instead of stuffing Twitter results between those from the web. Quite an easy way to stay updated on what’s happening on the Web and Twitter alike.
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