Ever since extensions and apps were launched for web browsers, they have consistently improved in quality and become more feature-rich. Almost any major web-based service has some kind of extension or app available for Google Chrome and other web browsers. Of course, Facebook is no exception to that rule. The problem with a service as popular as Facebook is the abundance of junky Chrome extensions that no one in their right mind would actually use.
Fear not, because we have discovered the best Chrome extension for using Facebook in Chrome without having to go to Facebook.com. This extension, aptly named Facebook for Chrome, offers all the key features Facebook users look for, and it does it in a polished package that makes you forget that Facebook does not make it. It runs fast, it looks great, and it is an all around fantastic extension for any Facebook fanatic and Google Chrome user.
Installation & Set Up
You will need to go the extension’s page on the Chrome Web Store and click the “Add to Chrome” button to install Facebook for Chrome. Installation should only take a couple of seconds, and you will be ready to link it to your Facebook.
To authorize the extension to use your Facebook account, you simply need to click on the Facebook logo next to your address bar, and it will take you to the Facebook authorization page. Allow access, and you will be ready to start getting all the Facebook goodness in Chrome.
All you need to do to use the extension is click on its icon. This will pop open your News Feed. If you have any notifications, which will be indicated by a red number over the icon, it will show you them as soon as you open Facebook for Chrome.
All the options are on the left side of the extension’s drop down. The first option is called Newsfeed. If you go to one of the other pages, this will bring you back to your feed. The Newsfeed looks very similar to what you see on Facebook.com, just without some of the extras such as People you may know and ads.
The next option is where you post a new status update. When you click this, it does not leave the Newsfeed. Instead, it pops out a box where you can type in whatever is on your mind.
Below that is the notifications section. Just like the status update screen, it will pop out your notifications without leaving the feed. If you click one of the notifications, it will bring you to the required page for said notification.
Next, you will see the birthday option. As you can probably guess, this page shows you upcoming birthdays for people on your friends list.
Photos of friends is the next option on Facebook for Chrome. Here, you will see a very nice Instagram-like feed with pictures recently shared by everyone on your Facebook list. It is a cool way to get a visual representation of what is happening in your social circles.
The final option is the inbox. Here is where you go to see your messages on Facebook. Unfortunately, you cannot respond to the messages from the extension. Instead, they have a “View on Facebook” link that will take you to Facebook so you can answer the message.
This is the perfect extension for Facebook junkies. If you love Chrome and Facebook, this extension is a dream come true. It is not super fancy; it is just clean, fast and effective. I highly recommend it.