Email is a red-hot marketplace but there’s a big reason I can’t abandon Gmail: the extension.
As someone who lives and breathes in my inbox, the ability to pimp Gmail is seductive is the “killer app” that makes it easy to ignore Mailbox, etc. Sure, I get tempted by a start-up that claims to have figured out email, but it needs to blow away Gmail to win the day.
Having done of experimenting and dabbling, here are the extensions within my Gmail portfolio:
1. 1Password: One of the best and most user-friend password managers, 1Password is a great way to log into Websites and create new passwords along the way. You need to purchase 1Password’s software to use the extension.
2. Assistant.io: For people who need to arrange meetings, Assistant lets you provide someone with a variety of times and dates fit into your schedule. When someone picks an available slot, the meeting appears in everyone’s calendar. (Free)
3. Buffer: For people who have multiple social media accounts, Buffer makes it quick and easy to post updates, including the ability to queue them up or schedule them for the future. (Free and premium).
4. Charlie: One of the newest additions to the portfolio, Charlie delivers a “dossier” via email or a dashboard about the people you’re scheduled to meet. It’s a great way to prepare for a meeting without having to do much work.
5. Client for Google Analytics: Rather than log into Google Analytics, this extension makes it accessible from the browser. It doesn’t have all the bells and whistles of Google Analytics, but it’s enough to provide a healthy snapshot.
6. Evernote: This extension makes it easy to bookmark and clip Websites and notes, as well as provide tags. It’s an excellent productivity tool, particularly for people who read a lot of content or doing research.
7. Feedly Mini: Anyone using Feedly as an RSS reader can quickly add new Websites with a couple of clicks.
8. Full Contact: At one time, Rapportive was the extension for providing you with details about the people who had sent you email. Then, LinkedIn bought Rapportive, which was gradually neutered. Full Contact has just stepped up as a superb alternative. Anyone using Rapportive should immediately switch to Full Contact.
9. Momentum: When opening a new tab, would you rather see the Websites that you have recently visited, Google or a beautiful photograph? Momentum has a new photo every day and a way to note your biggest priority.
10. One Tab: I’m a tab junkie. It’s normal for me to have 20 to 30 tabs open at once. One Tab makes your tabs available and reduces the amount of processing resources by putting everything into a single tab.
11. Point: In theory, Point has a lot of utility by making it easy to share content, rather than using email. In practice, it hasn’t worked as promised but still worth checking out.
12. Print Friendly: If you want to print text but not images, Print Friendly is an easy service, and it’s free.
13. Riffle: It offers a wealth of information about people on Twitter beyond the basic stuff provided by Twitter.
14. Pocket: One of the best ways to put aside content for later, Pocket is super user-friendly. It’s quick and it’s easy to tag content.
15. Streak for Gmail: A mini-CRM integrated into Gmail, Streak’s most useful feature is the ability to track email opens. It plans to offer Website link tracking soon.
16. Wisestamp: I would love to use Wisestamp to power my email signature. It offers the ability to include social media services, and links to a variety of sources such as recent blog posts and newsletters. Unfortunately, it’s not playing nice with the other extensions, so I’m going back and forth with Wisestamp support to figure it out.
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