5 Recommended Reddit Chrome Extensions

Are you a redditor?  I am.  It’s great to see the web sites recommended by other internet users, and it’s great to share what I found too.  But not every web site has a Reddit button.  In this article I’ll introduce some Chrome extensions that brings Reddit features to web sites no matter they have the submission button or not.  Besides, I also introduce two extensions that enhances the function of Reddit.

 

Reddit Companion

This is an official product by reddit.com.  It adds a submission bar in your Chrome browser so that you can share any web site you found.  You can also upvote and downvote a web site.  New messages are shown in this notification bar when they appear.

Reddit Companion Chrome Extension

Chrome Web Store: https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/algjnflpgoopkdijmkalfcifomdhmcbe

 

Reddit’s Orange Envelope

Want a more subtle way to get notified about new messages?  This extension adds an icon with counter next to the Chrome address bar, you can easily see the number of messages you have on reddit.

Reddit Orange Envelope Chrome Extension

(Image source: Extension’s page in Chrome Web Store)

Chrome Web Store: https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/hlogkgjpdeniihmgefnbndnedimfpijo

 

Reddit Anywhere

This extension brings you a pop-up window showing previous submissions by redditors.  You can read their comments, upvote and downvote a web site.  Of course, yuo can also submit a site to Reddit if it has not be submitted by any people previously.

Reddit Anywhere Chrome Extension

Chrome Web Store: https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/ldocbjabkdopnncieelmeokoigpnnilb

 

Reddit Enhancement Suite

RES is a powerful browser add-on that adds many Reddit-related features to your browser.  It supports Chrome, Firefox, Opera and Safari.  It has a long list of features including account switcher, keyboard navigation (shortcuts), inline image viewer, enhanced Reddit interface, comment saving, etc.  You can find a full feature list here.

Official Web Site: http://redditenhancementsuite.com

 

Hover Zoom

Actually this is not a Reddit-only extension.  It adds image hover zoom to not only Reddit but also many other popular web site such as Facebook, Twitter, Amazon, Flickr, Wikipedia, eBay, Google+, WordPress…

Chrome Web Store: https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/nonjdcjchghhkdoolnlbekcfllmednbl

Boomerang: Send and Receive Emails at Scheduled Time

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Today’s featured productivity web app is Boomerang.  It is not precisely a web app, but a browser add-on that modifies how you send and receive emails in GMail.  With it, you can schedule the delivery time of your emails, no matter sending and receiving.

 

Boomerang: Scheduled Email Delivery

You can download the browser extension of Boomerang from is official web site.  It supports Chrome and Firefox.  After installing it, you can find the logo of Boomerang next to your email address in Gmail’s screen.

Boomerang for Gmail

Now, if you draft an email, you can find a new “Send Later” button to the right of “Send”.  You can choose to send out this email at your specified time.  You can also choose a pre-defined delay time such as 1, 2, or 4 hours.

Boomerang Send Later

On the other hand, in every received email there is a button to specify a time when you re-receive this email.  What does it mean by re-receiving an email?  Well, when the time comes the email will return to the Inbox and retain unread status.  It looks like a fresh email you just received.

Boomerang Receive Later

Have a look at this video for how it works:

 

Summary

How can you use Boomerang?  For sending, you can use it to schedule emails to be sent to others.  This is quite useful if you can only draft email when you are free but want to send it out later.  Besides, you can also create email reminders by sending emails to yourself (despite you can do so by using Google Calendar as well).

For receiving emails, this browser add-on can help you with avoiding information over-load.  Every day I receive over 50 emails but could only read about 20.  The other 30 emails are not useless, they are simply less urgent.  I tried to put them in folders but for most of the time they just stay there without me touching them.  By putting them again in the inbox, I have another chance of seeing them in front of me.

If you have similar email delivery needs as mine, Boomerang is a browser add-on you should try.

Official Site: http://www.boomeranggmail.com/

3 Awesome Google+ Addons for Firefox

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In the past few weeks I have introduced a number of Google+ Chrome extensions.  Isn’t it since Google+ and Chrome has the same mother, people tend to create more addons for Chrome than for Firefox?  In fact, there are some Google+ browser addons that works on Firefox.  I did a research and am pleased to introduce the following to you.

(1) Google+ Manager for Firefox

Google+ Manager is a native addon designed for Google+.  It also has a Chrome version.  It has the following features:

Shortcuts on Google+ Notification Bar

Google+ Manager Shortcuts

  • Home
  • Profile
  • Photos
  • Photos from phone
  • My photos
  • My albums
  • Circles
  • Incoming
  • Notifications
  • Shorten URL

These shortcuts works on not only Google+.  There stay on all Google sites with this notification bar.  For example, you can quickly jump to your photos in Google+ when writing Gmail or Google Docs.

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