7 Great Chrome Extensions To Make Your Life Easier @ SmashingApps

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You might have been using Chrome for a quite some time now but there is a good chance you are not taking its full advantage. Chrome’s maximum potential lies in the power of its extensions. Below I have gathered 7 Chrome extensions that will enable you all to realize Chrome’s full potential. You will not find these extensions in similar lists on other websites; I hope you find them to be useful to your computer usage.

Give the list a thorough reading, try out any extension you are interested in, and let me know in the comments how they worked out for you. You are welcome to share if you know more useful chrome extension which our readers/viewers may like. Do you want to be the first one to know the latest happenings at SmashingApps.com just subscribe to our rss feed and you can follow us on twitter and do not forget to become our fan on facebook as well.

1. Shareholic


Shareholic is a Chrome extension that eliminates the need to install multiple Chrome extensions for multiple social media networks. By installing this single Chrome extension, we can share interesting material we find online to a multitude of websites and networks including Facebook, Twitter, Buzz, and Delicious. Certain email servers are also supported which enable us to email the links directly to specific recipients.

2. Xmarks Bookmarks


If your work involves frequently shifting from another browser to Chrome and vice versa, then one of the biggest problems you face is constant bookmarks synchronization. You need a solution that synchronizes bookmarks across multiple browsers. Xmarks Bookmarks not only performs that function, but also makes your bookmarks available online so that you can access them from any computer with an internet connection.

3. Chromepad


Chrome users who need to take notes regularly off websites they visit most probably do this by employing Notepad. While Notepad does offer great simplicity, opening it means going over to its shortcut and opening a separate window. Chromepad eliminates that procedure and places an icon in Chrome’s address bar which drops down a window where we can take and store all our notes.

4. RemindMe


Personally I often lose track of time while working on the computer and need to be reminded of all non-computer tasks. For Chrome users who face the similar problem, RemindMe is the best remedy. Using it we can set custom reminders; a reminder includes a title and the time after which we are to be reminded of it. This extension is a nifty way to ensure we do not lose track of the real world and any task while working on our computer. For professional bloggers working under deadlines, this extension can work as a great countdown clock.

5. TooManyTabs


As the number of open tabs increases, reading their titles becomes increasingly difficult. This makes it quite hard to find and open the tab we need to view. TooManyTabs presents our tab in a cascaded manner which makes it easier to find our tabs. The arrangement can be changed by the user to suit his/her preferences. This extension is a must-have for people who like having many tabs open at the same time.

6. zoomZOOM


If there is a picture on a webpage which is too tiny for clear viewing, we often need to click it. Clicking it redirects us to the page hosting the image in its original size; loading that new page takes considerable time. To eliminate that time, zoomZOOM can be used. With zoomZOOM installed, whenever we hover our mouse pointer over a small image, it is enlarged and shown at a corner of the screen. zoomZOOM works on a number of websites include Facebook, deviantArt, and Flickr.

7. Chrome SEO


Chrome SEO is a must-have Chrome extension for all professional bloggers and webmasters. Often we employ separate SEO (search engine optimization) tools for each SEO service; however Chrome SEO incorporates a large amount of such SEO tools within itself. It packs a wonderful array of useful SEO which will greatly serve all webmasters.


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9 Insanely Useful Firefox Add-Ons That Will Save Your Time

As we all know that Firefox is the fastest growing popular web browser and its growing more and more every day. There are too many handy options provided by the firefox and this is the main reason for its popularity. You can easily find lots of free download able firefox add-ons and extensions that are available on the internet, we also featured few of them before and it’s demands are increasing. In this post, I am listing down 9 Insanely Useful Firefox Add-ons That Will Save Your Time . I would love to know at least one of your most favorite firefox add-on that saves your time and could be the part of this list.

You are welcome to share more firefox add-ons that you think will be useful and feel a better browsing experience that our readers/viewers may like. Do you want to be the first one to know the latest happenings at SmashingApps.com just subscribe to our rss feed and you can follow us on twitter and do not forget to become our fan on facebook as well.



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Buzrr.com: Add a Google Buzz Counter To WordPress

Posted by WordPress Jedi

Google Buzz is the next big thing in the social media. If you remember, a lot of people disregarded Twitter in its early days. Those who jumped on the bandwagon from the very start managed to build a large following while those who gave up on the service early found out soon enough what they had missed out too. The jury is still out on Google Buzz, but you certainly don’t want to ignore the community. It has some potential, and it never hurts to distribute your content on as many social networking sites as possible.

The best way to get your readers to submit your posts to Google Buzz is by adding a Google Buzz button to your blog. You can always do that by grabbing scripts from social media tracking websites. Another way to do that is by taking advantage of Google Buzz WordPress plugins.

If you find adding a Buzz plugin to your blog inconvenient, you should give Buzrr.com a try. Buzrr Button is a cool little script that puts a Google Buzz counter on your WordPress blog. Every time someone posts your story to Google, your “buzzed” count goes up by one. Of course, the more buzzes you get, the more traffic you get in return.

Installing Buzrr button on your blog couldn’t be any easier. The code is provided to you on Buzrr.com, so all you have to do is grab it and install it in your code.

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Driveby culture and the endless search for wow

Posted by Seth Godin

The net has spawned two new ways to create and consume culture.

The first is the wide-open door for amateurs to create. This is blogging and online art, wikipedia and the maker movement. These guys get a lot of press, and deservedly so, because they’re changing everything.

The second, though, is distracting and ultimately a waste. We’re creating a culture of clickers, stumblers and jaded spectators who decide in the space of a moment whether to watch and participate (or not).

Imagine if people went to the theatre or the movies and stood up and walked out after the first six seconds. Imagine if people went to the senior prom and bailed on their date three seconds after the car pulled away from the curb.

The majority of people who sign up for a new online service rarely or never use it. The majority of YouTube videos are watched for just a few seconds. Chatroulette institutionalizes the glance and click mentality. I’m guessing that more than half the people who started reading this post never finished it.

This is all easy to measure. And it drives people with something to accomplish crazy, because they want visits to go up, clicks to go up, eyeballs to go up.

Should I write blog posts that increase my traffic or that help change the way (a few) people think?

Should a charity focus on instant donations by texting from a million people or is it better to seek dedicated attention and support from a few who understand the mission and are there for the long haul?

More and more often, we’re seeing products and services coming to market designed to appeal to the momentary attention of the clickers. The Huffington Post has downgraded itself, pushing thoughtful stories down the page in exchange for linkbait and sensational celebrity riffs. This strategy gets page views, but does it generate thought or change?

If you create (or market) should you be chasing the people who click and leave? Or is it like trying to turn a cheetah into a house pet? Is manipulating the high-voltage attention stream of millions of caffeinated web surfers a viable long-term strategy?

Mass marketing used to be able to have it both ways. Money bought you audience. Now, all that buys you a mass market is wow and speed. Wow keeps getting harder and dives for the lowest common denominator at the same time.

Time magazine started manipulating the cover and then the contents in order to boost newsstand sales. They may have found a short-term solution, but the magazine is doomed precisely because the people they are pandering to don’t really pay attention and aren’t attractive to advertisers.

My fear is that the endless search for wow further coarsens our culture at the same time it encourages marketers to get ever more shallow. That’s where the first trend comes in… the artists, idea merchants and marketers that are having the most success are ignoring those that would rubberneck and drive on, focusing instead on cadres of fans that matter. Fans that will give permission, fans that will return tomorrow, fans that will spread the word to others that can also take action. Leer más “Driveby culture and the endless search for wow”

The Ultimate (Fresh) Collection Of High-Quality Free Social Media Icon Sets

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A beautifully designed icon is the perfect way to represent your product or service, and they always come in handy whether you want to place them on your blog or want to represent yourself in an outstanding manner. A comprehensively designed icon can provide your user with the memorable metaphors and illustrations, even sometimes users only remember the icon they saw on the website.

Here we have compiled a list of some outstanding and beautifully designed FREE and FRESH 50 Sets of Social Media Icons such as digg icons, stumbleupon icons, reddit icons, twitter, RSS feed icon, facebook icons and more, so that you can use them on your blog and website. You can also use them in corporate designs as well, Kindly feel free to share your comments with us.

You are welcome if you want to share more free social icon sets that our readers/viewers may like. Do you want to be the first one to know the latest happenings at SmashingApps.com just subscribe to our rss feed and you can follow us on twitter and do not forget to become our fan on facebook as well. Click on the images to go from where the images has been taken.

Hand Drawn Social Media Icons

Social Media Icons

Vector Social Media Icons

The icons are designed in 32px and 16px vector format. With the vector format, you can scale the icon to any size to fit with your design or use it in high quality print materials.

Social Media Icons

Social Icons Vector Set

Here is a new free social icons vector set, which consists of 16 popular icons, available in both vector and PNG (64×64 pixels) format. Free for any use

Social Media Icons

Free and Exclusive Icons: Brown Social Icon Pack

In the pack, you will find 12 glossy polished icons in different size variations: 32×32px, 64×64px and 128×128px for maximum flexibility. All files are .PNG format and are mainly brown-colored especially for all you brown fanatic bloggers that like to share posts over the social networks nowadays.

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Reviewing List Articles Trend: 30 Powerhouse and Prospective Design Blogs

Will the List Trend Prevail?

There are new list articles published every one or two days and they can be very easily outdated as there is constantly new content published on the World Wide Web. However, even with this huge influx of content on the web, as long as list articles continue to be updated and become even more comprehensive than current list articles, the trend is not likely to die down anytime soon.

Although list articles have their benefits for today’s fast paced society, there should be a balance. It is important to remember that variety and moderation allows the web to remain fresh and keeps things interesting. We still need a healthy influx of intriguing and intellectual content that is not summarised or in the form of a list. Lists articles also run the risk of reducing healthy thought-provoking discussions and content.

However, we would love to hear your thoughts regarding this trend that’s taking the World Wide Web by storm. Do you love or hate this phenomenal development? If you know of any unknown blogs that produce good list articles regularly, feel free to share them with us as well.

Written by: Aidan

In the numerous hours you’ve spent surfing the Internet, I’m sure you’ve come across countless online content with titles that start with numerals and go along the lines of these headings like “40 Most Inspiring…“, “65 Incredible…“, and “10 Most Popular…“. Content with titles such as these are called – List Articles and regardless of the content being design related or not, list articles are fast becoming a highly popular trend in the blogging sphere.

List articles
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Popular social media sites like Delicious, Digg, StumbleUpon or Twitter also play a huge role in circulating list articles among web savvy individuals like you. This begs the question, what is it about list articles that allows it to thrive in social media sites? Today we take a closer look at some of the reasons behind the success of this fast-growing trend.

Why are List Articles so Popular?

List articles are usually defined as a round-up, mash-up or a consolidated article. The nature of these types of articles does not allow an in depth discussion about the subject matter. Instead, they give an overall view of the topic by showcasing big, clear and attractive visuals for the reader to enjoy.

Fast and Easy is a Plus

The popularity of products like instant noodles, fast food outlets and 3-in-1 shampoo says a lot about the nature of people today. Convenience is of utmost importance and to be able to get something fast and easy is a plus. This stems from the fact that our society is becoming more impatient and they want to be able to obtain information and answers quickly and effortlessly.

Instant drinks
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Think of list articles as a mini one-stop-centre, where inspiration and creative ideas are stocked. List articles ensure that you get all the information you need, all in one link, without having to open multiple tabs. With a good list article, all the work is done for you. As such, list articles have become popular with readers today. In time, with the rise in the supply and demand of list articles, blogs that ride the popularity wave of this trend will continue to gain followers and exposure.

Make them Bite Size

Statistics have shown that people read slower online. Although many online articles are intriguing, our eyes tire more easily when reading from a monitor as compared to reading from a hardcopy source like books, magazines or newspapers. As such when consolidating information in a list article, keeping it bite sized helps the reader absorb the information more easily and quickly.

Bite Size
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The use of pretty images and concise text is one of the main characteristics of the list article. This saves the reader’s time and energy as they would not have to surf through hundreds of web pages to obtain information.

Easy Access List

Search engine results do not remain the same even if you input the exact same key words because there are always changes and newer web pages available. As such links obtained from a previous search may not be listed in the new search results.

Easy access

List articles function like a mini library in which links and information is grouped accordingly by subject matter. Users now only need to bookmark one list article link to be able to gain access to all the relevant websites regarding the topic of interest.

Inspiration Provider

List articles also help those in need of inspiration and creativity as they consolidate large amounts of information and images of any given subject in one list. This means that you do not have to go through the time-consuming and tedious work of sifting through galleries and articles to figure out what the latest trend is.

Library of Inspiration
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If you are having problems designing your next portfolio, browsing through some list articles may help you get a little inspiration, and clear you of your Designer’s Block. Leer más “Reviewing List Articles Trend: 30 Powerhouse and Prospective Design Blogs”