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fastest web chromeDo you think the web is fast? What if I told you that you could make your Internet even faster (as far as productivity is concerned), without having to get a faster Internet connection? It already exists and is waiting for you to use it. What’s this magic potion I’m talking about? A Chrome extension, based on a very popular Firefox extension that hasn’t been getting a lot of love here at MakeUseOf.

About FastestWeb

FastestWeb is the name of this magic potion. It’s basically FastestHub made for Chrome, which is fantastic because FastestWeb packs a mighty powerful punch when it comes to online productivity. In fact, it’s among one of my must-have extensions for both Firefox and Chrome. That’s an achievement in itself, as I’m extremely picky about my extensions.

Running a good 10 or more extensions may be convenient, but I absolutely hate how much of a hog my browser becomes with all of them enabled. Therefore, I never go past 3 or 4 enabled extensions at a time.

Installation

Installation is a cinch. Chrome users can just go here to get the extension (and if you’re a Firefox user reading this, here’s a link for you as well). A simple click or two, and you’re done. Restart your browser if it (*cough* Firefox *cough*) requires it.

Features

All of FastestWeb’s features will initially be hidden, so the best way to discover everything that it can do is by going through the options.

General Functions

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In the General category, you will see that FastestWeb can “linkify” URL addresses that aren’t specifically made into links with HTML formatting. This is very helpful on some sites as you won’t need to copy and paste the URL into your address bar, but simply just click.

It can also add a section to Wikipedia pages for related articles on what you’re currently reading, as well as enable “Endless Pages“, where FastestWeb automatically loads the next page (when it identifies an article split up on multiple pages) and attaches it to the end of the current page, so all you have to do is scroll down.

Search Results

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In the Search Results category, there are a handful of options available to enhance your search results. FastestWeb works extremely well in shopping scenarios, offering similar products, a price comparison bar at the top, and any valid coupons you can use for the site you’re currently on. FastestWeb is worth using even for just these few features.

Popup Bubble

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The last section is labeled Popup Bubble, as this section is dedicated to a bubble that appears whenever you highlight text on a website. When the bubble shows up, you can click on different icons (representative of search engines) to search on those sites for the text you highlighted. You can also choose to show definitions if you highlight just one word, as well as other behavioral options related to clicking on items in the bubble.

Conclusion

FastestWeb (and FastestHub, while we’re at it) is a fantastic productivity extension that makes using the Internet easier by at least ten-fold. While that last statement may be an opinionated exaggeration, you can’t deny the fact that it does add a lot of convenience while you browse. The extension is still being actively developed, so I’m very excited to see what other features may be included in the future.

What do you think of FastestWeb? Is it worth installing onto your setup? What other productivity extensions can you recommend? Let us know in the comments!

  1. wei2912
    March 26, 2012 at 8:55 am

    Just to ask you, are you unhappy with Firefox?

    • Tina
      April 2, 2012 at 8:17 pm

      Nope, totally happy with it myself! :)

      • wei2912
        April 5, 2012 at 11:41 am

        You can try out the Aurora build, it is stable (despite what the developers say) and it has a lot of new functions. :)

        I've tried Chrome and Chrominium, and couldn't get used to it, so I returned to Firefox.

  2. TinKicker
    February 27, 2012 at 10:13 pm

    Using this and I LOVE IT! Just bought components for a gaming system, and this thing saved me a LOT of time in comparison shopping!!!! AAA+++!

    • Danny Stieben
      March 1, 2012 at 4:13 am

      Great to hear TinKicker! It's definitely useful for shopping...nothing compares as far as I know of.

  3. A.A.
    February 27, 2012 at 5:23 am

    where is it? the links take me to the main extensions page.

    • Tina
      February 27, 2012 at 8:12 am

      The links above work for me: Chrome Extension and Firefox Extension.
      Which link didn't work for you?

  4. Amirtal2000
    February 26, 2012 at 2:34 pm

    AutoPager for chrome and firefox is more stable and more versatile. 

  5. Dhruv Sangvikar
    February 26, 2012 at 9:26 am

    looks promising. :)

  6. Chris Hoffman
    February 26, 2012 at 6:25 am

    Some cool ideas here, basically combines various types of extensions to save time.

    I use the Google Dictionary extension to get the pop-up, so check that out if you only want the definition pop-ups: https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/mgijmajocgfcbeboacabfgobmjgjcoja

    • Danny Stieben
      March 1, 2012 at 4:11 am

      Thanks for the tip, Chris!

  7. Trevor Lenten
    February 25, 2012 at 11:53 pm

    Trying this out now

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