Guest Post by Laurah Hagen
The fun doesn’t end with choosing a browser. These days, there are innumerable ways to customize your Internet experience by selecting add-ons, which boost your browser’s ability to work for your own unique needs. Spend hours on end updating your social networking sites? The Yoono add-on will let you update them all at once. Lose entire afternoons researching real-time media? The Cooliris add-on lets you scroll through videos and pictures without clicking through the website. Love reading long articles, but not squinting at the screen? Greasemonkey lets you change the font size.
Unfortunately, not all add-ons are compatible with all browsers. If you do find one you love, make sure you can use it with your browser by checking the compatibility requirements on the add-on homepage.
Here are ten browser add-ons that will improve your Internet experience.
1. LastPass: When you’re logged into LastPass, it saves your passwords as you enter them. When it detects a new login, LastPass prompts you to save the site so when you return, you can simply hit the auto login button on the LastPass icon. This award-winning add-on offers many additional features, and keeps your data secure as well.
2. Zamzar: The add-on Zamzar will save you a great deal of time. Say, you want to post a picture to Facebook, but it’s not a jpeg, or you want to watch a movie from YouTube, but in your Windows Media Player instead. This add-on lets you convert files effortlessly, giving you more control over your media.
3. Yoono: This add-on allows you to update your Facebook, Twitter, AIM and more, all in one place. You can post links and photos through the simple toolbar, and keep your friends updated across all of your networks.
4. Shareaholic: As customizable as it gets and extremely user-friendly, this add-on helps you stay on top of real-time news. You can share your favorite finds on up to 100 social networks with just one click through the comprehensive interface, allowing you do de-clutter your screen with less-perfect toolbars.
5. DownThemAll: In a hurry? This add-on helps programs download up to 400% faster. You can pause the download and resume it later. Plus, you can customize the settings to download only the images or links you need.
6. Greasemonkey: This is the ultimate add-on for control freaks, allowing you to alter any component of a webpage through simple scripts. You can customize the interaction of a webpage, change its design, add your own toolbars…the options are endless.
7. Adblock Plus: Pop-ups and banners can be distracting and time consuming. Adblock Plus keeps them from opening in the first place, so you only see the content you intended to. Set the filters to allow for specific types of ads, and block others.
8. Cooliris: The Cooliris add-on presents media from any website on a 3-D wall, saving you the effort of clicking through the site. Scroll through photo albums, search for videos, and zoom in for a closer view. You can watch the content as a slideshow or in full-screen format.
9. ieSpell: Many text boxes don’t offer a spell check function, like when responding to a blog post or online forum. ieSpell fills this gap. Now you can be certain that your t’s are crossed and i’s are dotted…and catch errors before they’re permanent.
10. PagMan: Productivity is overrated, and isn’t everyone bored with solitaire? This fun add-on is based on the classic Pac-Man game, and will help you
procrastinate recharge your creative batteries for hours on end.
This guest post was written by Laurah Hagen who is a guest blogger for My Dog Ate My Blog and a writer on online courses for Guide to Online Schools. You can also share your tips by writing a guest article on TechPP.