This morning, the Official Google Blog and Chrome Blog revealed the new tab page, which lets you flip between your installed apps and your most visited web sites. To take a look at how it works, check out the video below.
The Chrome Web Store also received a facelift. It's now a lot bigger and brighter, with infinite scrolling instead of pagination. Adding new apps and extensions is a snap; all you have to do is select your app or extension, read more about it, and then click on the +Add to Chrome button. One of the less publicized features is that now writing a review while logged into your Google Account connects the review to your Google+ profile.
While looking for some new Google+ extensions, I noticed that the search now on the Chrome Web Store is less than ideal. I searched for "google plus", and the first five results don't have anything to do with Google+, and the first four don't even have anything to do with Google.
You would think that with Google adding so many improvements to Google+, that the demand for Google+ extensions would be waning. You'd be wrong. Google+ developers are consistently making great, innovative extensions that you didn't really know you wanted until they were introduced. Check out some of these great ones:
- More for Google Plus automatically clicks on the "more" button at the bottom of your Google+ screen so you can scroll infinitely.
- Open Graph for Google Plus Integration loads the open graph data in your Google+ stream, so you can play any rich media content linked on the page, such as songs or albums.
- KloutPlus for Google Plus lets you check out the Klout score of the people you follow on Google+ and allows you to monitor your own score.
- G+ Game Companion helps you manage your Google+ games addiction, and helps you select from your contacts to add them to your own gaming circles, and also lets you override the Google+ circle limitations. You can also be reminded to do some gaming actions, and sort your posts by game.
- Trey Ratcliff Notifier is the only extension I know of to be made specifically about a person of note on Google+. Extension machine +Mohamed Mansour created this extension so he could be notified whenever professional photographer +Trey Ratcliff posted a new photo.