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I Wish I Knew These 15 Google Chrome Extensions Earlier

I Wish I Knew These 15 Google Chrome Extensions Earlier

Google Chrome is one of the big three browsers out there along with Internet Explorer and Firefox. It’s very popular but many people don’t know about the kinds of awesome things you can do with Chrome with just a few clicks. Most people already know about the usual stuff like weather extensions so we won’t cover those. Here are a bunch of awesome Google Chrome extensions you should check out.

1. Google Hangouts

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    Getting the Google Hangouts extension is literally the only way to get Hangouts on your computer without leaving a browser tab open to Gmail or Google+. Most people who have Android devices have a Google account and, thus, already have a Hangouts account they can use whenever they need it. It’s a great replacement for Facebook Messenger or Skype. All you need is a Google account to get started and the extension is free!

    2. LastPass

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      LastPass is what is called a password manager. What that means is that it will keep track of all of your username and passwords for your various sites. Now that we’re in the digital age, we all have more and more online accounts to keep track of. LastPass does all that for you and this extension allows it to work on Google Chrome. It’s secure so others won’t be able to get your password and it’s free to use.

      3. Pocket

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        Pocket is a fun service that is kind of like bookmarks. Whenever you run into a site, video, etc that you would like to save for later, you can use this extension to put it in your Pocket to bring up whenever you may need it. There are also apps for Android and iOS so you can save things to your Pocket from anywhere and then access them again from anywhere. It’s incredibly useful for pretty much any web surfer.

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        4. PushBullet

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          PushBullet is a Chrome extension with a lot of practical uses. It syncs your clipboard from your mobile devices to your computer and back again. That means you can copy and paste pretty much anything and anywhere. You can also view any notifications you get on your mobile devices on your computer which is nice because that means you don’t have to pick up your phone all the time to see what the notification is. In its most recent update, it’s also added the ability to return text messages. If you want better mobile-to-computer integration, this is a good place to start.

          5. Lazarus

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            We’ve all been in a situation where Lazarus could be helpful. You just did a big forum post or ranted on your Facebook page. Maybe you were filling out a job application online. Then you accidentally hit the back button or the internet crapped out on your. All that stuff you just wrote is gone forever, right? If you have Lazarus that’ll never happen to you again. Lazarus saves the stuff you’re typing out on various web forms on the internet so you can recover it quickly if you lose connection. I have been using this for years and it has saved even a couple of blog posts I’ve written for this very site when I accidentally hit “back” instead of switching a tab.

            6. Ghostery

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              Ever since the Edward Snowden thing people have been more cautious about their internet security. With Ghostery, you can very easily see which trackers each website you go to is using. When sites display ads and all that stuff, many of them have trackers (to let people know you’ve been there). However, some trackers go a little too far and get a little too much information. With Ghostery, you can identify trackers, stop them, and see exactly what is tracking your movements across the web.

              7. Hover Zoom

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                Hover Zoom is a Chrome extension that essentially blows up thumbnails so you can see them more clearly. If you browse on Reddit a lot, this is a must have Chrome extension. However, pretty much any web surfer can get a use out of this. A lot of the internet is shown as thumbnails and you have to clean on the thumbnails to enter the site and see the full size. With this extension, all you have to do is hover your mouse over it and the thumbnail will be shown in full size for you.

                8. Evernote Web Clipper

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                  Sometimes you may not want to save an entire web page. You may just want to save a piece of it for later use. If you use Evernote (and you really should be, it’s great), then you can pick up the Evernote Web Clipper. Using this tool, you can select any portion of a webpage, clip it, and store it to your Evernote.

                  9. TabCloud

                  TabCloud is a productivity tool that lets you manage your tabs. This may not seem like a big thing but most people surf many, many websites. Using a tool like this, you can manage your tabs and browse more efficiently. For instance, you can create a tab group called “Social Media” and put your Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Pinterest, Tumblr, Instagram, etc in it. Then you open that tab group and all those websites will open for you so that you can browse them all. It’s great if you browse a ton at the same websites every day.

                  10. Todoist

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                    Todoist is a Chrome extension that helps you plan out your day. You’ll have to sign up for an account first but it’s pretty simple and you can sign in with Google+ if you use that service. Once you’re all logged in and ready to go, you can put tasks in Todoist that you have to do. It can be anything. You can put that you need to go to the grocery store, your work tasks, your home chores, and everything in between. There are also Android and iOS apps available so you can sync your to-do list across all of your devices.

                    11. Social Fixer for Facebook

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                      Facebook has been on its “throw spaghetti at the wall and see what sticks” method for creating new features for a long time. It’s obnoxious and browsing Facebook isn’t as fun as it used to be. Thanks to Social Fixer, that can be fixed. Using this extension you can browse Facebook in a manner that makes sense to you. You can apply themes to Facebook, hide posts you’ve already seen (because they keep popping up days later if anyone so much as sneezes on it), and do all sorts of other things. If you don’t use Facebook often, this probably isn’t for you but the avid Facebook users will love this.

                      12. Hola Better Internet

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                        This one is a little niche when it comes to use-cases but it can be a lifesaver (figuratively). What it does is allow you to go sites that are typically blocked by a regional firewall. For instance, Netflix isn’t available everywhere in the world. Using Hola Better Internet, you can get around that limitation and watch it anyway. It’s easy to use but it may be a bit frustrating to get it to work right sometimes. Nevertheless, if you’re somewhere and an internet service isn’t available to you, give this a shot.

                        13. Wolfram Alpha (Official)

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                          Wolfram Alpha is an amazing service that can do a lot of things for you. With this Chrome extension, you’ll have unfettered access to the knowledge base of Wolfram Alpha. Once you install it into Chrome, you just type a = into the address bar and hit tab. Then you’re free to search through Wolfram Alpha, ask it to solve problems for you, or all sorts of other stuff. If you’re in school (any kind of school), you’ll be doing yourself a favor by putting this on your computer.

                          14. Momentum

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                            Momentum is what is known as a “start screen replacement” extension. That means you’re going to see it first thing whenever you open your browser. The stock Chrome start screen isn’t terrible but Momentum is way, way better. You can customize it to your tastes, create to-do lists, and they put a quote up every day to inspire you. The images are large, gorgeous, and Momentum is able to discern what time of day it is. That means when it’s night time, it’ll show you darker, night time images. It’s quite nice and worth a shot.

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                            15. Honey

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                              Last up is a Chrome extension called Honey and it’s like having a little coupon book in your pocket. When you go to sites where you can buy things, Honey will browse the site and see if there are any special offers, deals, or discounts you can take advantage of. Anyone who buys things online should have this installed because you never know what kind of awesome deals you may be missing by not having it!

                               

                              Google Chrome extensions have really come into their own over the last few years. Thanks to Google promoting their own ChromeOS, we can expect extensions to continue getting a lot better and more useful. With these tools, you can start getting the most out of Chrome!

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                              Last Updated on October 16, 2019

                              11 Meeting Scheduler Apps to Boost Your Productivity

                              11 Meeting Scheduler Apps to Boost Your Productivity

                              Automations are key to improving efficiency. Set the system up right from the beginning and you’ll reduce the amount of no-shows and cancellations.

                              Whatever your business is, with automations, meeting scheduler apps do more than just streamline appointment setting. They prime your workflow for maximum results.

                              Meeting scheduler apps are awesome if you use them right. Use them wrong and you can look like an arrogant elitist.

                              In this article, I will share with you 11 great meeting scheduler apps you can start using today to boost your productivity.

                              1. ScheduleOnce

                                ScheduleOnce is an industry leader and robust solution. Whether you work alone or have a large team, ScheduleOnce can support you.

                                ScheduleOnce allows you to create multiple users and multiple calendars. I use one calendar for booking podcast guests with automations set up to prep my guests for our interview. I use another calendar for strategy sessions and coaching calls.

                                ScheduleOnce also has embeddable widgets so you can keep the scheduler inside your own website.

                                Starting at $7 a month and a 14 day free trial, ScheduleOnce can fit a variety of needs in business.

                                Available on Web

                                2. Calendly

                                  Calendly stands out for its clean, easy to use interface. If you like clean design, Calendly might be your choice. It too has robust automations and integrations for individuals and teams alike.

                                  You can try Calendly free for 14 days. Their basic plan is free while their most robust plan is only $12 a month.

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                                  Available on Web | Google Chrome Extension

                                  3. Assistant.to

                                    For those who use gmail, Assistant.to is a super simple solution.

                                    From inside an email, you click on the Assistant.to icon and pick times your free. Assistant.to embeds the times directly into the email so the recipient can quickly pick a time that works for them.

                                    While it doesn’t have all the bells and whistles of apps like Calendly or ScheduleOnce, Assistant.to is completely free.

                                    Available on Web

                                    4. Acuityscheduling

                                      Acuity is a robust meeting scheduler very similar to ScheduleOnce. It integrates with CRMs, Email Marketing platforms, Analytics tools and accounting software.

                                      It comes with a 14 day free trial. They have a free solo account but if you want the benefit of the integrations, you’ll start as low as $15 a month and can cost up to $50 a month.

                                      Available on Web | iOS | Android

                                      5. Pick

                                        Built for simplicity, Pick is direct and easy to use. You can create your own url extension like pick.co/yournamehere and it integrates with Google calendar and Office 365.

                                        At $3 a month, this is a great tool for quick scheduling.

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                                        Available on Web

                                        6. X.ai

                                          For those who are early adopters of AI, this may be the solution for you. X.ai created two AI assistants they call Amy and Andrew Ingram. After setting up your account you simply CC them on your emails with the person you’re wanting to schedule and the AI assistants will email your guests from there until your appointment is set.

                                          This type of scheduler feels more personal because of the dialogue. There are stories on their site of people thinking Amy and Andrew are real people. X.ai integrates with Google, Office 365 and Outlook.

                                          Starting at $29 a month for an Individual account and $39 a month per user for a Team account, Amy and Andrew are ready to schedule meetings for you. Want to try it out first? They do have a free trial.

                                          Available on Web

                                          7. YouCanBook.me

                                            is another competitive solution for scheduling meetings online. You can manage the calendars of your entire team, configure booking forms, and integrate with your calendar.

                                            They have a free account branded with their company name or you can have some control over your branding and appearance at $10 a month for all their features. Either way, this company is worth a look.

                                            Available on Web

                                            8. Doodle

                                              Doodle is unique in the space of meeting schedulers because it helps groups of people find a time to meet that works for everyone.

                                              It integrates with your calendar and allows you to send a poll to all invited. Once people vote on the poll you can see which time works best for everyone.

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                                              You can also run polls for food preferences if you’re scheduling a lunch meeting or a section of town if people are coming from all over.

                                              While there is a free account, you’ll unlock it’s potential starting at $39 per year.

                                              Available on Web | iOS | Android

                                              9. WhenAvailable

                                                WhenAvailable is another scheduler that works for groups of people. You can use it to schedule a pickup game of basketball, decide on your next book club or book your family reunion.

                                                Their free account allows up to 20 guests, unlimited events and one contact group. For $15 a year you unlock all the goodies including reminders and chat messages.

                                                Available on Web

                                                10. Rally

                                                  Like Doodle and WhenAvailable, Rallly is helpful for scheduling meetings and events with multiple people involved. You create a poll and everyone votes. It’s quick and easy.

                                                  Unlike Doodle, it doesn’t have as many features, but it’s entirely free.

                                                  Available on Web

                                                  11. NeedtoMeet

                                                    Finishing strong, NeedtoMeet is our last app that allows you to schedule meetings or events for multiple people. It has mobile apps, custom urls, easy polling, notifications and commenting.

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                                                    NeedtoMeet also allows 1:1 Meetings for things like performance reviews for your whole team. You send out the your calendar slots to your team and they can only pick 1 slot, minimizing the amount of emails and scheduling you have to coordinate.

                                                    While they have a free account, you can unlock all features for only $19 a year.

                                                    Available on Web

                                                    Bonus: Don’t Make These Common Mistakes When Using Meeting Schedulers

                                                    In the excitement of streamlining your scheduling process, it can be easy to forget the feelings of those you’re inviting to meet. I know. I’ve done this.

                                                    To say “Hey, schedule time on my calendar” feels colder than “Hey, here’s my calendar. To avoid all the back and forth, pick a time that works best for you.”

                                                    Always make sure to frame your invite with your scheduler app with the benefit to them and why we’re doing it this way rather than the old fashioned, personal way.

                                                    A little finesse goes a long way. Without it, you risk seeming transactional and cold.

                                                    Some meeting scheduler widgets you can embed in your site can take a couple seconds to load. If you go this route, make sure there’s text just above the widget that lets your guest know the calendar will appear below and to wait for it to load.

                                                    If you use an online meeting tool like Zoom, it’s also important to explicitly let them know the meeting will take place on Zoom and include the Zoom link in the email reminder. Many make the mistake of not clarifying where the meeting will actually take place which can create last minute chaos at the time of the meeting.

                                                    Should you require special settings, like ethernet, external mics or lighting, let your guests know that on your thank you page and reminder emails so they are prepared for the meeting and you end up with the best meeting possible.

                                                    With clear communication in your automation, your meeting scheduler tools can almost perform like a virtual assistant for a fraction of the cost, or free, depending on the app you choose.

                                                    The Bottom Line

                                                    Meeting scheduler apps are diverse in features and unique in design. Before committing to one and realizing it’s not a fit, I recommend exploring which 3 might best fit you and then doing a trial with each of them at the same time so that you can see how they feel as you use them side by side.

                                                    Scheduling meetings the old fashioned way can be tedious. Conversely, finding a scheduling app that works seamlessly in the background is heavenly.

                                                    Like cell phones, meeting scheduler apps are moving from a nice-to-have luxury to must-have necessity in the lives of productive people. As you explore your options, stay true to your brand and the tools that have worked well for you to this point and simply find a meeting scheduler app that plays well with what you have created.

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