First of all, if you’re not already using Google Chrome, it’s time to make the switch.
Firefox used to be the king of web browsers, but the throne has been passed.
What’s so good about Chrome and why should you switch?
- First of all, it beats all of its competition when it comes to web browser performance (read: speed). Chrome is currently the fastest web browser on the market. In the digital age that we live in, every millisecond counts.
- Firefox’s biggest selling point has always been its massive extension gallery, but this is no longer an issue. Chrome is coming out with more and more really awesome extensions every day. So if you currently use Firefox and are afraid of losing your extensions, chances are you can probably find a replacement in Chrome.
- It’s clean, simple, and sexy. Yes, I did just call a web browser sexy.
- Google is going to take over the world pretty soon anyway. Stop resisting and just accept it.
Now that I’ve convinced you to make the switch (if you were already using Chrome, I apologize for the sales pitch), it’s time to install some extensions.
Here are five extensions that will change your web browsing experience for the better.
1. Adblock Plus
YouTube Ads? Ain’t nobody got time for that. With Adblock plus, you’ll never have to watch another YouTube ad again. It also blocks Facebook ads, banners, pop-ups and all other annoying ads.
I talked about this extension in my post about the Pomodoro Technique. When it’s time to get shit done, the Strict Workflow extension is a must-have. Basically, this extension enforces 25 minutes of completely distraction-free work by blocking the sites that distract you until the break session starts. If you’re constantly distracted by Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Reddit, etc., this extension was made for you.
Improve your vocabulary without having to open a dictionary (or another tab). This extension allows you to double-click any word to view its definition in a small pop-up bubble. Very convenient.
This extension helps you make sense of otherwise meaningless numbers. For example, it will take this sentence: “The hurricane displaced over 100,000 people and cost an estimated $3 million in damages,” and turn it into something like this: “The hurricane displaced over 100,000 people [≈ population of Aruba] and caused an estimated $3 million [≈ cost of 30-second Super Bowl advertisement] in damages.” It’s not perfect and still has lots of room for improvement, but it’s a cool idea.
This is also an awesome extension that I think will improve with time. Honey automatically finds coupons and promo codes and tries them for you with just one click when you’re shopping online. It supposedly works at over 100 top stores in the US, Canada, and UK. I’ve only used it a few times so far and haven’t had any luck, but I don’t normally look for coupon codes anyway so I figured it’s worth a try. Worst case scenario, you pay the normal price.
Hopefully you found at least one of these extensions worthy of a try, but if not, there are literally thousands more available at the chrome web store. Don’t be afraid to try some out. They’re easy to install, easy to remove, and most importantly, they’re free.
If there are any extensions that you absolutely love, please share them in a comment below!