Section 8: Extensions, Tools, and Apps


Browser Extensions & Tools

Multifunctional

  • G+Me by Huy Zing

    Features:
    1. Notification status visible at all times
    2. Collapsible posts & comments
    3. Real-time comment count on collapsed items
    4. Mark posts & comments as read
    5. 2 modes: Expanded & List (which keeps at most one post displayed)
    6. Mouse-over instant preview
    7. Thumbnails & attachment icons in collapsed summaries
    8. Buttons: collapse/expand all, mark all as read
    9. Keyboard shortcuts, including “mute”

  • Golden View by Micah Wittman

    Features (optional modules):
    1. User Mute – Mutes all posts by specific users.
    2. Default Circle – Set a circle as default (instead of Stream).
    3. Hide Images – Hide image: original and all shares.
    4. Hide Comments – Hide comments (option hide all by default).
    5. Search With Google – Search Google+ with Google Search

  • Plus Minus by Chirag Mehta

    Features:
    1. Filter your Stream by multiple specific circles
    2. Easily mark individual or all posts as read
    3. Offers wide-screen view
    4. Loads more posts automatically as you scroll down

  • Google+ Ultimate by Cory Lu Lu

    Features:
    1. Adds stylized theme to Google Plus to make it easier to read.
    2. Adds notifications to the extension icon (beta)
    3. Enables floating top and left navigation sections
    4. Enables optional side-by-side 2-column scrollable Streams (off by default)
    5. Allows option to move Chatbox to the top navigation as a drop down button (on by default)
    6. Thin scrollbars option (on by default)
    7. Resize images and embeds to a smaller thumbnail (for Facebook’s style of image sharing)

  • Surplus by Kevin K

    Features:
    1. Post or respond from within a pop-up box
    2. Desktop Notifications
    3. Notification sounds
    4. Switch between multiple Google accounts

  • Usability Boost for Google Plus by Florent Fremont

    Features:
    1. Visual separation of post and comments
    2. Post info shows up on mouse roll-over only
    3. Top notification bar stays fixed in place when scrolling
    4. Post displays direct link to “mute”
    5. Ability to star a post to read it later

  • Googl Plus Manager by Bruno Leonardo Michels

    Features:
    1. Incorporates common G+ headings into the Google menu bar
    2. Translate any post
    3. Share to multiple social networks
    4. Extensive list of keyboard shortcuts for common functions

  • GTools+ by Patrick Perron

    Features:
    1. Unified Google bar – Personalized menu on all Google services and all websites!
    2. Floating Google+ bar always on top when scrolling
    3. Prevent open in new tab or window when you click on a link inside the Google+ bar
    4. Change the color of the notification bubble in the Google+ bar
    5. Add a translation link in the context menu (auto detect the post language)
    6. Add notification for Gmail and Reader in the Google Bar.
    7. Edit the color of any notification bubble.

  • Helper for Google+ by Misha Kupriyanov

    Features:
    1. Send a full post to Google Translate
    2. Desktop notifications
    3. Post to Twitter
    4. Link to hashtags
    5. Bookmarks
    6. Search posts & profiles from the address bar

  • Google+ Tweaks by Jerome Dane

    Features:
    1. Preview images when you mouse-over them
    2. Favicon badge shows the number of new notices
    3. Make Google+ use your browser’s full width
    4. Force all images in posts to thumbnails
    5. Pin the Google bar and other navigational elements
    6. Yellow “Post muted” notices automatically fade out
    7. View post actions as buttons instead of as a drop-down menu
    8. Hide various elements of Google+ you don’t use
    9. Change background contrast for read vs. unread posts

Circles

  • Public Circles Database by Siegfried Hirsch – Find out which publicly shared circles you are included in
  • Circle Management (beta) by Mohamed Mansour – Manage your circles in a grid format, search your circles, and more. Useful for people who have a ton of circles!
  • Circle+ by Daniel Treadwell – Add G+ profiles on any webpage to your circles in bulk (note: be careful using this on pages that list hundreds of profiles–there is a limit to how many and how fast you can add people)
  • Uncircle Inactives+ by Ehsan Gharacheh – Uncircles (removes) select inactive G+ users and people who don’t have any public posts since a predetermined date
  • Uncircle Uncirclers+ by Ehsan Gharacheh – Selectively remove people from your circles who haven’t circled you back
  • G+ Game Companion by Nicolas Pomepuy – Lets you choose people from your circles and automatically selects them in the G+ contact picker list view in bulk (not one by one) for easier and quicker identification (also has redesigned Game Stream and Notification pages)
  • Change Circle Images for Google+ by K Saga - Set a background image for your circles in the circle management page
  • (See also: Golden View Chrome extension – Allows you to select a single circle as the default Stream)
  • (See also: Plus Minus Chrome extension – Allows you to filter the Stream based on multiple circles)

Hangouts

Bookmarking

Layout & Appearance

Photos

Sharing, Commenting, & Notifications

Stream

  • G+ Stream Pause by Robert Pitt temporarily stops your stream so you can read and reply to posts without getting distracting screen movements.
  • Stream Filter for Google Plus by Mohamed Mansour – Filter in or out specific posts by custom keywords
  • Stream+ for Google+ by Mohamed Mansour – Categorizes all of your public posts from your Stream
  • Nonplus by Adam Bliss – Auto-mute posts in the Stream based on hashtags
  • DownloadSupport for Google+ – Download videos and photos from your G+ Stream
  • Google+ Stream Book by Sandesh Kumar – Flip through pages of a virtual book of your Stream
  • Book My Plus by Mohammad Eshbeata – Create a virtual book from your G+ posts
  • Google+ Twitter by Bruno Barbieri – Integrate your Twitter feed into your G+ Stream
  • Google+ Facebook by Crossrider – Integrate your Facebook feed into your G+ Stream
  • Mute Plus – Mute specific users in your primary default G+ Stream. Doesn’t affect users when viewed in each individual circle’s streams
  • (See also: Google+ Ultimate Chrome extension for side-by-side 2-column scrollable Streams)
  • Full Article+ by Ehsan Gharacheh – View full articles & links from your Stream in a pop-up without leaving Google+
  • What’s Hot+ by Ehsan Gharacheh – View popular posts from your Stream and in your individual circles
  • Google+ Word Cloud – Generates a word cloud of most commonly used words in your Google+ posts

Translation

Keyboard Shortcuts

  • G+ Extended by barklund adds a handful of extra keyboard shortcuts for common G+ actions

Google Reader

GMail

  • GMail for Google Plus – Integrates Gmail into multiple Google products including Google Plus.
  • Send from Gmail by Google – Use a browser button to easily email a webpage, including Google+ posts.

Search

Google+ now supports search capability as of 9/20/11. Nonetheless, some of these resources remain useful.

Custom Profile URL Shorteners

Cross-Posting Between Platforms

Turn G+ Posts into RSS Feeds

Transfer From Facebook

Profile Stats & Analytics

Games

  • Goodbye G+ Games by Huy Zing - Removes the games menu button.
  • G+ Game Companion by Nicolas Pomepuy - Lets you choose people from your circles and automatically selects them in the G+ contact picker list view in bulk (not one by one) for easier and quicker identification. Has redesigned Game Stream and Notification pages.

Blog Widgets

Desktop Gadgets & Apps

  • G+7 – Google+ Desktop Gadget for Windows 7
  • GClient – Integrates into the Windows tray and allows you to perform all major G+ tasks

Miscellaneous

Mobile Apps

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