It’s TECH TUESDAY – Google opens up it’s app store (I’m still waiting on Apple to do the same) and of course I have to immediately check it out. But my curiosity lies in what does Google’s app store offers that could work against their biggest rival, facebook?

If you go to the Google app store and do a search for “facebook” there are about 180+ extensions being offered that could personalize your facebook experience and help you be more secure when using facebook through Google Chrome.

Some of these extensions will even block ads on facebook and that would be a big deal if Google’s Chrome browser had a 50% share of the browser market. Since approximately only 10% of the browsers being used are Google’s Chrome this shouldn’t have a big impact. Right now every browser has some sort of facebook ad blocking capability and instructions on how to use them can be found here…

So Here Are Three Google Extensions For Chrome I Found Interesting:

Beautify facebook – allows you to personalize your facebook page with different backgrounds and other special effects to give you a unique look to facebook. Also allows you to hide ads. The extension won’t hide those sponsored links on your profile page.

Facebook’s Ad Blockeranother tool that will hide ads while you are browsing in facebook. This extension is the real deal since it can block  ads and sponsored links on your page and your friends pages. This is a must have if you want to cutout all those annoying ads that follow you around all over the place.

Facebook Application Blockerblocks applications from posting to your facebook wall. I found this interesting because I don’t have too many applications installed but this little app found four extensions that could be potential problems and blocked them. This extension also blocks apps found on friends pages!!! Great way to protect yourself and your friends from downloading viruses on facebook.

Facebook Disconnect – Yes, as long as you are signed into facebook, facebook can track every webpage you go to. This little extension will prevent facebook from grabbing your browser history from Google Chrome. Ok, I know, Google has all this info but why does facebook need it too? For their ads of course!

Facebook might be able to wall off Google from the facebook platform but if Google’s Chrome Browser or new Chrome OS ever gets widely adopted, facebook may have a big problem generating revenue if their ads are blocked especially if they are blocked by default.

And that’s this week’s tech tips. I will post some quick tips each week that may (or may not) help you get more productive, stay secure or just solve some small nagging problem in your daily computing activities so check back here every tuesday or subscribe to the blog to have your weekly tips delivered straight to your inbox.

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