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Chrome Extensions: Boosting Speed and Simplifying Your Browsing

Ah, Chrome Extensions… you have me so spoiled!

First of all, if you have no idea what Chrome Extensions are, you can browse the store here, but I’ll tell you the tl;dr (too long; didn’t read) version: Chrome Extensions are add-ons to your browser, and they do some pretty cool stuff.

First of all, set Chrome as your default browser, if it isn’t already. Then you can check out the store and look for some of my very favorite extensions:

  • AdBlock. It cuts out most of the annoying sidebar ads that pop up during your browsing experience. Since I installed it, it’s blocked 17K ads for me… in probably about a one-year time frame. Ministry or not, this is handy to have. Good job, AdBlock!
  • Pablo. Yep, you heard that right: Pablo is available as a Chrome Extension! Once you install it, a little Pablo button appears on every image in your browser. Let’s pretend you’re searching for an image to use on Pablo, but you can’t find one you like. You Google it and find an image you like, so just click the “Pablo” button in the corner, and it automatically uploads the picture to Pablo, so you can add text and be on your way! We did a day on Pablo that you can see here.
  • Pinterest. This button hangs out in the upper corner of your browser and lets you pin them to a board of your choice in one click, right from the site. I use Pinterest to browse for crafts, game ideas, fundraiser ideas, and prayer services to use during Youth Ministry. They’re handy for reference.
  • Buffer. We’ll have a separate post on Buffer, but for now, suffice to say that if you want to schedule social media posts, use Buffer… and there’s an extension for it, so you can schedule that post right there, from the very article you want to share!
  • Feedly. Same deal as Buffer here: we’ll have a separate day on Feedly. But if you find an entire website you love, and want to follow its posts in the future, Feedly is a handy tool to use to collect blogs that you find fascinating. The WordPress Reader does basically the same thing, but you have to jump through a few extra hoops. Feedly is one click and done!
  • Grammarly for Chrome. This handy little guy runs spelling and grammar checks automatically on everything from blog posts to social media status updates. It catches little things like missing commas and homonyms, too.
  • ViewPure. Though technically not a Chrome Extension, ViewPure has a bookmark button you can drag straight into the bookmarks bar at the top of the page. What does it do? Open up a YouTube video, click Purify, and it does just that: cleans up the extra ads, turns off the sidebar and comments, and lets you watch your video in peace… and share it on a projector screen or TV without worrying about inappropriate content.

Did I leave your favorite off the list? Let me know in the comments!

Thanks for stopping by! You can check out all my Technology in Ministry posts here.

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