15 Useful Google Chrome Extensions To Get The Most Out Of Google+

gplus-logoIt has only been several weeks since Google+ opened its door to limited users and it has already created plenty of buzz. While many people still have not gotten their invites, there are already 10 million users on the platform and a billion items shared per day. If you find yourself terribly addicted to Google+, Here are 15 Google Chrome extensions that make using Google+ a better experience.

1. Google+ Ultimate

Is the Google+ design too bland for your taste? You can now customize the color and style of Google+ with Googlt+ Ultimate. Things that you can customize include the background, scrollbars, left and top panel, navigation bar, image size in stream, side-by-side view (for large monitor).

2. GTools+

GTools+ is developed by the same developer as Google+ Ultimate. It acts as a complement to Google+ Ultimate and allows you to customize the Google bar as well as integrating the chat feature to the Google bar.


3. Google+ Tweaks

The Google+ Tweaks extension is a wrapper for a series of userscripts to customize the usability of Google+. Features include

  • Preview images when you mouse-over them
  • Favicon badge shows the number of new notices
  • Make Google+ use your browser’s full width
  • Force all images in posts to thumbnails
  • Pin the Google bar and other navigational elements
  • Yellow “Post muted” notices automatically fade out
  • View post actions as buttons instead of as a drop-down menu
  • Hide various elements of Google+ you don’t use
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    4. Google+Facebook

    If you are not ready to give up your Facebook yet, this extension can show your Facebook news feed in Google+ stream so you can manage both in one place.


    Note: While you can post to and view your Facebook feed, you won’t be able to comment on other’s update.

    5. Surplus

    Surplus integrates Google+ deep into your Chrome browser, allowing you to read notification and post to Streams right from the Google taskbar. It also supports desktop notification and notification sounds.


    6. Extended Share for Google Plus

    If you are using other social network platforms like Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and Tumblr, this Extended Share add-on will add a “Share on” button below each post in Google+, allowing you to share to other social networks.


    Similar extension: Share+ Social Buttons for Google Plus

    7. Favorite G+ Stream

    By default, when you log in to your Google+ account, it will show you the posts from all your circles. However, there will be times where you just want to follow the streams from a particular circle of friends. Favorite G+ Stream allows you to set a particular stream as the default. When you load your Google+ page, your favorite stream will appear.

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