A twitter group I belong to was having problems commenting on our favorite football games. We had only 25 characters left out of 140 after all of our names were listed. So we thought about trying G+. Again, a Google product fills a need I was struggling with, with a different product.
One of these friends mentioned they had heard good things about Chrome. I shared my experience. I am a strange mix of an “early adopter” who also understands that new bells and whistles can’t balance either stability or a lack of support down the road. In the early days of personal computing, I used and taught WordPerfect. A far superior (at the time) word processing software. When it was clear WordPerfect’s marketshare would continue down, I realized that the 200 of us that enjoyed all of it’s advantages would eventually have to find a new word processor when computers changed and WordPerfect couldn’t afford the resources to adapt. I had our entire company switch to Microsoft Word and indeed, in time WordPerfect’s capabilities were quickly outdated.
My son the Software Architect had been trying to get me on Firefox and Chrome since 2007. He bought computer components off the web and assembled them despite some being run out of the basement in Berlin so I passed. I new Microsoft would never go out of business so I stuck with Internet Explorer faithfully. Frustratingly faithfully.
Then around 2008 I bought a smartphone that used mobile Opera. Eventually I tried the desktop version and could not believe the difference in speed of the two browsers. I tried to migrate full time to Opera but so many websites didn’t support it that I found myself reluctantly returning to the massah – IE. It had all of my passwords memorized, 7 years or more of bookmarks and an auto fill setup that frankly made it way to easy to buy on impulse.
My tipping point however was one day when IE locked up just as I was searching for critical information on a business call. I download Chrome later that day and frankly, didn’t boot up Microsoft Internet Explorer again until about 2 years later, when I went to help someone else who was using it. Just last week again, I was forced to boot it from some software install or something – and in 2 minutes I had the same feeling I did 30 seconds after a very (very) bad blind date from my ‘30’s. Or angst felt when having to that overly pompous and annoying family member at Thanksgiving.
In any case speed turned out to be the only an aperitif to the smorgasbord of apps, extensions and user friendliness in my chromed browsing experience. Here is a list of many of the features and Plugins I use – simply copied and commented on from my Chrome Extension list (which I could never THINK of doing in IE, btw.)
Here is my Extension page. Go all the way to bottom for notes. I've commented on each too:
Developer mode: Load unpacked extension... Pack extension... Update extensions now
THIS IS MY CHROME DASHBOARD:
You just pull the website you are on into the toolbar and it becomes a VISUAL bookmark so i don't have to type the address - or go all the way to REGULAR bookmarks.
TIDY URL and SHARE TO G+ are bookmarklets (google it) that automate features just like extensions - but in the bookmark bar. The rest are just bookmarks I use all the time like TVGuide.com's TV LISTING - MY BLOG DASHBOARD, etc.
Anyway, I am THRILLED with Chrome. I am beginning to have the same mindless robot feeling I did when everyone followed Apple because it was cool – or Microsoft, and despise the politics of the guys that own Google. But they sure do make great products.
Enjoy and add your own comments about your Chrome, Firefox, Opera experience below!