Google Chrome (beta) – what cyber geek is not all over this new browser? I’m a bit late to the party here, but in a way, kind of glad that I am. Because the true tech experts are all poking, prodding and trying to break Google Chrome and they’re writing about it along the way, making it easier for a searcher to step in and figure out just how this browser can work best for our function. Sure, I’m going to read through the Google orientation info and check out their help section, but would really like to hear from other sources, too.
I’ve already downloaded the browser to all of my work pc’s and tinkered with it a bit. I really like the “omnibox” and the ability to type in a url, a search string, a command like “define:” or whatever and get quick results. I know I’ve saved a few keystrokes with that omnibox. But back to reading, the first article I check out is here on Google Operating System “Unofficial news and tips about Google”. Good tips on how to initially get through Chrome!
Already, I like my home page, displaying my most visited pages as well as letting me click on my history. If I want to hop right back into my most recent website, or the 8 before it, I can do so easily. Also the tabs are quite functional and similar to Chrome’s competitors, but I like the fact that I can pull up one I just closed down by using the ctrl-shift-t keys. That’s great – how often have I closed a page and wanted it back!
Check out more short cuts that are new to Chrome as well as similar to what Firefox has to offer here. And there are bookmarklets too – AIRS Xtreme Lab alumni love bookmarklets and the time they can potentially save. This article will let you take advantage of those that work with Chrome. By far, it’s one of the most thorough articles I’ve run across on Chrome to date.
Bottom line, I just want to see if Chrome makes my sourcing life easier. It might – it’s super fast and has some unique functionality. I like the quick and easy access to my bookmarks and bookmarklets and that omnibox that allows me to do it all from one box on my browser page. But I’ll keep working with it, and see if it truly becomes my browser of choice. Let me know if it becomes yours…(www.twitter.com/sourcerkelly or www.linkedin.com/in/kellydingee)