As our online lives continue to be viewed through the browser and saved in the cloud, I thought it would be interesting to outline our favorite plugins. Similar to social widgets, users can add tons of functionality and customization through browser add-ons or plugins, which can make your surfing life a lot easier.
Below are some of our favorite browser plugins. We would love to hear what everyone else depends on.
- Instapaper – Like a blank sheet of paper, just save as you please in one click.
- Glims – Glims adds a cocktail of features to Safari (Tabs, Thumbnails, Full Screen, Search Engines, Search Suggestions, Forms autocomplete on, Dated download folders, Type Ahead …) Its the Swiss Army Knife of browser plugins
- Cooliris – This takes browsing multimedia on the web or desktop to an infinite “3D wall,” allowing you to view the content without clicking page-to-page.
- Boxee – This is a home run for saving videos you find online with one simple click of the Boxee button in your browser. You can also watch them from the Boxee portal on your TV.
- Extension FM – Create a music library in your browser and autofill it with the songs you come across on the web. If you have a passion for music take a couple minutes and watch this overview
- Last.fm – The world’s largest online music catalog with free music streaming, videos, pictures, charts, artist biographies, concerts and internet radio. This has an amazing integration with Cooliris, mentioned above.
- Stumble Upon – One of the most popular social bookmarking sites makes it super simple to share web content over Twitter, Facebook, and save to StumbleUpon.
- Shareaholic – Available across all major browsers, the Shareaholic plugins allows for quick and dirty sharing across popular social nets, email, IM, and blogging platforms.