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The 3 Best Google Chrome Apps for College Students


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These days, it’s impossible to find a college student who won’t admit to being addicted to the internet. How many hours do we spend browsing Tumblr or stalking people’s Facebook photos? Luckily, programmers and designers are right on top of things. New apps designed to increase (or, unfortunately, reduce) productivity flood the market every day…so rather than let you spend yet more hours clicking through links, we’ve compiled a list of browser apps designed to help rather than stall you.

In the battle of the browsers, Google Chrome is the darling of the technological world, finally overtaking Firefox and lining up Microsoft Internet Explorer in its crosshairs. So when searching for apps, we focused on ones that were free and available in the Chrome Web Store.

In no particular order, the top three Google Chrome web apps for college students:

Write Space

Write Space app for Chrome

With the popularity of distraction-free writing apps on the rise, Write Space beats out competitors by offering a basic, easy to customize layout, an import data option, an auto-saving feature, and an offline function. This app is perfect for when you need to turn off the internet, turn on your brain, and get cracking.

Cons: The app only allows you to create one file at a time, so it best suited for when you’ve only got one project to work on.

Do It (Tomorrow)

Do It (Tomorrow) app for Chrome

If you’re the kind of person who likes to keep all your notes to yourself in one place, Do It (Tomorrow) provides a gorgeous but simple interface for you to type out all your tasks. Complete with fake coffee stains on the corners, the app is designed to look like a virtual notebook. Just click and type where you need.

Cons: The app, while great, only contains a to do list for today and tomorrow, making it best suited for short-term planning.

Read Later Fast

Read It Later Fast app for Chrome

Read Later Fast installs an option on your right-click menu that allows you to save or link to a webpage from the app. Later, just open up the app and find the page waiting for you there. The app is designed to clean up a bookmarks folder and let you browse without too many tabs slowing down your machine’s performance.

Cons: In order to allow you to bookmark everything you view, the app needs the ability to access your data on all websites, and your browsing history. Don’t use on a public computer!

Your thoughts?

Do you use Google Chrome? If so, do you have any favorite Chrome apps? Any other productivity app recommendations? What other tech topics would you like to see covered here? Tell us in the comments!

Posted on on January 28, 2012 / Filed Under: College Life / Tags: , , ,

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7 Responses to “The 3 Best Google Chrome Apps for College Students”

  1. 1
    January 28th, 2012 at 10:20 am

    My favorite Google Chrome app is Chrome Nanny. It allows me to limit my browsing time on certain sites like Facebook, but can also block sites entirely (i’m currently grounding myself from Etsy and ModCloth).

    The best thing is that you can customize Chrome Nanny for certain days of the week. For example, I give myself 45 minutes of Facebook Monday through Friday, but I set myself free for the weekend.

    It’s a great way to optimize production, and it could also serve as a wakeup call to those who don’t realize they spend THAT much time on certain sites.


  2. 2
    January 28th, 2012 at 10:30 am

    This is great, thank you so much !

  3. 3
    January 28th, 2012 at 12:24 pm

    MarkUp and the GimmeBar extensions are some of my personal favorites, for marking up webpages easily and collecting bookmarks (respectively). I also use Awesome Screenshot quite a bit for simply capturing my screen.

    I absolutely love the three Chrome apps that you picked, though – I use them often as well. Great selection! :)


  4. 4
    January 28th, 2012 at 9:39 pm

    I’d never thought of getting apps for google chrome before. THANK YOU! (: I just got Write Space and Do It(Tomorrow).. I love them(:

  5. 5
    January 29th, 2012 at 12:54 am

    On a related strain, since I’m assuming that most college kids use Gmail, in it, there’s an “undo” plug-in to undo sending a message for about 15 to 30 seconds after you send it. It’s saved my life when I realize I accidentally “replied-all” or forgot to add something.

  6. 6
    January 29th, 2012 at 3:36 am

    Read Later Fast is amazing! Thanks for the post!

  7. 7
    January 29th, 2012 at 2:21 pm

    I like Stay Focused. You can limit your time on “blocked sites,” turn it off for certain days, choose the time to reset each day, and there is a Nuclear Option, where you can choose to block all websites or just the websites on your blocked sites list for a certain period of. time. It’s very helpful!

    I can’t wait to check out the ones on your list!

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