Google Chrome seems to be the most widely-used Internet browser among JMU students. Here are some plug-ins to add to your browser to make your life a little easier.
For all the online-shopping addicts (like myself) who spend just a little too much money ordering clothes online, this plugin is for you. When added to your Google Chrome toolbar, Honey will automatically search for coupons while you’re on the checkout screen of your favorite stores. No more googling for promo codes! I’ve saved countless amounts of money from having Honey installed. The app will also let you know how much cash back you can receive on purchases, as well as the likelihood of the coupons to work based on feedback from other users. It also makes the guilt of online shopping much less.
This plugin is a MUST-HAVE as a college student. Grammarly is a grammar and spell-checker that will automatically underline words in red that are misspelled or used incorrectly, whether you are typing an email, a paper, or even just searching on Google. I have the plugin constantly turned on while I work, and it has saved me from tiny errors such as the proper usage of a word, as well as big ones such as spelling a professor’s name incorrectly in an e-mail. Additionally, you can also upload a paper to Grammarly after you’re done writing and it will spell-check and grammar check it for you, highlighting all the suggested changes! Below is a screenshot of how Grammarly helped me while writing this blog:
This plugin is a great way to start your day when you first open Google Chrome. Momentum gives you a platform to stay motivated on the tasks of the day. Here, you can create your daily to-do list, write down your main focus of the day to stay motivated, and check out the weather in your area. My favorite part of Momentum is the different picture and motivational quote they feature each day. Here is an example of my home screen today:
For any avid Twitter user, this plugin is the perfect way to keep up with your favorite Twitter users as well as any breaking news. The plugin is easily accessible through Tweetdeck’s website once you install the shortcut on your browser. The plugin allows Twitter users to have access to their newsfeed, lists, notifications, direct messages and any additional search bars all in one, user-friendly webpage! I always have TweetDeck running in the background so I can catch up on my favorite sports teams or news outlets during a break. Here’s an example of a Tweetdeck landing page from Social Talent.