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5 Must-Have Chrome Extensions for Journalists

It’s no secret that one of the keys to being a successful journalist these days is mastering the art of combing the Internet. And, a large portion of finding great stuff on the Internet relies on properly and efficiently utilizing clever tools that elevates your online skills from “great” to “practically superhuman.”

Chrome is now the most popular Internet browser, and for plenty of good reason: in addition to having a straightforward search bar and integration with all of Google’s great tools (auto-complete in the browser!), users can customize their web experience with a host of add-ons. These add-ons, called “extensions” by the browser itself, can do amazing things — and boost your reporting abilities to make you more organized, connected, and efficient.

Here are five extensions that are popular for their great utility in any journalist’s arsenal, and they are all absolutely free to download.

What’s your favorite Chrome extension? Let us know in the comments.

OneTab

Reporters everywhere are singing the praises of OneTab because it beautifully solves one of the biggest pain points for online journalists: the agonizing slow-down of a computer once it crosses its maximum threshold for open browser tabs. If you tend to have dozens and dozens of tabs open at any given time, this extension will speed up your computer without losing all of your hard-earned tabs. Read more

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What Journalists Are Saying About Updates to TweetDeck

tweetdeckYesterday, Twitter announced updates to the TweetDeck app on all supported platforms, which includes its web app, Chrome, Mac and Windows.

TweetDeck announced the updates in a blog post:

“This update makes TweetDeck easier to use with design enhancements, personalization options and the addition of several frequently-requested features.”

According to a Los Angeles Times article, this is “TweetDeck’s first major aesthetic change since being acquired by Twitter early last year.”

So what about these new features?

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Here’s Why You Should Avoid Tweeting At Certain Times Each Hour

Here’s an exercise for you: Open up TweetDeck or another Twitter client that uses the streaming API. Wait f0r the top of the hour. Then watch closely as your timeline explodes with tweets.

It’s a problem that hasn’t been written about much: Folks who schedule their tweets choose to (or have to, depending on software) schedule those tweets at certain points of the hour. For instance, HootSuite only allows someone to schedule tweets during 5-minute intervals starting at the bottom of each hour. Read more

Twitter’s Upcoming Web Analytics Tool Will (Hopefully) Cure A Major Headache

Measuring referral traffic is essential for news organizations, or any website owner for that matter. However, there’s always been a major limitation to doing that. Measuring referrals from one of the most popular social networks, Twitter, has proven itself to be a formidable task.

But a long-awaited reprieve is coming. This week, Twitter began rolling out its Web analytics tool. All website owners will have access to the service in a matter of weeks, reports Poynter’s Jeff Sonderman.

The introduction of this tool will provide an official, baseline metric for everyone from news organizations to social media marketers to measure the impact that Twitter has on their websites. Currently, a wide array of often-pricy third-party products like Radian6, bit.ly enterprise and Sprout Social are required to obtain what feels like piecemeal Twitter analytics. Read more

Why You Should Not Use Third-Party Apps For Facebook Posting

It’s worth spending that extra time to post to your Facebook page, a new study says.

Facebook posts that are posted via a third-party app like HootSuite, TweetDeck, dlvr.it and others receive an average of 70 percent fewer likes and comments for each fan, according to a new study by Applum. Read more

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