Ok, so Google Chrome extensions are kind of becoming a thing, right? You have all these apps loaded right into your Internet browser and they help you do things like Pin all the things, add everything Sephora sells to your Amazon WishList, take a full-page screen capture, and set up meetings at work. But there are some extensions I’ve started using that have, in other ways, vastly improved the way that I live my life. Some are actually useful, some are just for moral support, but they’re all amazing.
So I’m going to share with you 5 of my favorite Google Chrome extensions! (If you’ve never used Chrome extensions, learn what they are and how to install them here.)
This extension is life. All it does is put a cat on every tab you open. The cats have cute names, come in different colors, and you can add little swaggy pieces of flair to them (you earn the flair, or you can hack it here). Sometimes, you get a kitten, sometimes you get space cats, and sometimes, you’re not sure what it was that you got. You can screenshot them using the little camera in the corner and annoy all your friends by sending 10+ to them a day. You’ll develop attachments to cats with certain names and adopt them as your own nickname (Special Agent Scheming Doink at your service). And sometimes, you’ll open a tab and go to a website so fast you’ll miss them. That’s the beauty of Tabby Cat, it’s there when you need it, and easy to ignore when you don’t.
Disclaimer: This extension is actually useful. I was turned onto Honey by a friend and it’s really sort of saved my bank account. On any website you spend money on, Honey will scour the depths of the web for coupons and promo codes to help you spend less. You know all those emails you get from retailers with “Save 40% with code OMGITSONSALE!!!!!!!” ? With Honey, you have access to those codes even if you don’t get them sent to you, don’t remember them, or didn’t even know this was a thing. All you have to do is click the little Honey button in your toolbar as you’re checking out, and just like that GIF above shows, it’ll search for a few seconds and turn up any deals it can find! (IT EVEN WORKS ON PIZZA!!!!!!). The codes are all user-submitted, so if you do get a lot of those emails with promo codes, you can submit them to Honey to help other people save money, as well. Highly recommended, and it even works on Amazon! My only regret is not sharing this with you guys before you started your holiday shopping!
This one’s pretty self-explanatory, and also very useful. If you’re like me, you can’t stand reading something and not understanding what it means because you’re unfamiliar with one of the words. With the Google Dictionary extension, all you have to do to look up a word, is highlight it on the page and click the icon in the toolbar. Easy, peasy, lemon squeezy!
Snake People to Snake People
I am so sick and tired of people saying to me, “Oh wow, you’re 24, a snake person! I know these are the things you think but I’m here to tell you that, solely based on the year you were born, this is what you want and like and you don’t actually know anything about yourself but I’ve done extensive research of people just like you!” Ok, so that was a little bit of an exaggeration, but it’s kind of overwhelming to see people all over the internet stereotyping everything we do. This extension solves all those problems by simply turning all the articles about Snake People into articles about Snake People! From the developer:
Learn the sad, sinister truth behind the mysterious Snake People. Who are they? What do they want?
That’s all there is to it! Get it here.
Make America Kittens Again
I was hesitant about including this one just because it has some pitfalls and loopholes, but overall it’s too good to ignore. As soon as you install “Make America Kittens Again,” every Donald Trump photo on the web turns into a photo of a kitten. I mean, c’mon, it’s a little bit easier to digest the news as of late when the featured photo isn’t a red-orange faced, toupee-ed, screaming-pointing angry man. The kittens help ease the pain just a little bit. Just a little. The pitfalls are that it doesn’t work on Google Images or Wikipedia, or on video screencaps, and it seems like if the photo is Donald Trump with other people, it has a hard time picking it out. But, overall, I’d recommend it! Takes the edge off a little bit.