Google Releases Official Google+ Notification Extension For Chrome

Martin Brinkmann
Nov 3, 2011
Updated • Apr 26, 2015
Google Chrome, Google Chrome extensions

If you are a heavy user of Google's Google+ social networking product you are probably keeping the site running in a tab all the time to never miss new messages. But even if you do, you need to switch back to the tab regularly to see if there are any new notifications on Google+.

Notifier extensions make sure that users stay informed even if they close the Google+ browser window. Up until now, Chrome users could make use of third party notifiers which, while working perfectly, were not official which may have kept some users from installing and using those extensions.

Google yesterday released the official Google+ notification extension for the Google Chrome browser. Google+ Notifications works in principle just like any other notification extension. The new message count is displayed in an icon in the Chrome address bar after installation. The count goes up for new unread messages and down once those messages get read by the user.

The button of the notification extension turns red whenever updates are waiting for the user. A click on the button displays all recent messages and updates on Google+. This feature is a copy of the Google Toolbar button that offers the exact same functionality.

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Notifications include updates on who added you on Google+ and who added a comment or +1 to one of your posts or a post you commented on.

A click on an update leads directly to the Google+ website where it can be read in full. The notifications window also links directly to the Google+ user profile and offers to load the "all notifications" page on the website as well.

Heavy Google+ users on Chrome may find the new official Google+ Notifications extension by Google quite handy. Users can install the extension directly on the Google Chrome Web Store page. (via)

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  1. Charlie said on January 15, 2015 at 5:42 pm

    This new version is twice if not thrice as difficult to use as the former version. Get out the bug spray! (always wanted to post that but I have been patiently waiting for a application to suck so bad it disappointed me as bad as ET did for my Atari…

  2. gadgets said on November 3, 2011 at 4:37 pm

    Well, Martin, I just want to make a correction here, maybe I am wrong the other day when I comment about the new chrome web store…you know stuff like ‘very little traffic’ I did saw the improvement now and my app has more downloads per day as before, so maybe I am a little bit rush to make such a comment before waiting for a few days time, but I will still wait for a while and see if any app or ext really gets like more than hundred download or not…

    1. gadgets said on November 3, 2011 at 4:39 pm

      A grammer correction here ‘has more downloaded per day than before’ instead, gosh I am really tired developing app and need more sleep…

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