Useful Chrome Extensions for YouTube Fans
Article by George Norman
On 16 Nov 2010
The other day I was inviting you to check out the YouTube Feed extension so that you can stay on top of your favorite videos from within the Google-developed Chrome web browser. If you missed it, here’s the lowdown: the YouTube Feed extension notifies you whenever new videos are available in your YouTube homepage feed. You can easily access videos that your friends uploaded, rated and liked – and you ca do this right in your Chrome browser window.

Alongside the YouTube Feed extension, there are a few other useful extensions the Chrome user may enjoy. The first one is Window Expander for YouTube. As the name so adequately points out, this extension will maximize the YouTube video so it can fill the entire browser. The extension removes everything but the video; and maximizes the video so that it fills the entire browser window. “This is different then the fullscreen button in that it does not change the size of the actual browser window, it just fills the window with video,” says the extension’s official description.

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Another extension you may want to try out is Turn Off the Lights (this app is actually one of the Chrome Team’s favorite extensions). This extension is meant to provide the user with a better video watching experience. What the add-on does is it fades the page to dark and automatically focuses to the video. To fade the page, the user needs only click the lamp button; when the users clicks it again, everything is back to normal.

Yet another application you may want to try out is OpinionCloud (this is also one of the Chrome Team’s favorite extensions). OpinionCloud provides you with an overview of the crowd’s overall opinion by summarizing comments on YouTube videos and Flickr photos. By using this extension you do not have to read the thousands of comments some YouTube videos or Flickr photos get.

Extensions are small applications that are meant to enhance the browser’s functionality and generally make your life easier. They were introduced when Google rolled out the stable version of Chrome 4.0, back in January – the current stable version is Chrome 7.0. All Google Chrome extensions can be found in the extension gallery. All you have to do is visit the gallery and install the extension that you like – should only take a couple of seconds for the installation process to complete.

There are thousands of extensions available in the Google Chrome Extensions gallery
here.



Tags: Google, Chrome, Extensions, YouTube, YouTube Feed, Turn Off the Lights, Window Expander for YouTube, OpinionCloud
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