Google Chrome Extensions Spread Out

Earlier this month, we covered six must-have extensions for Google’s (s goog) Chrome browser, just after Google launched its online Extensions Gallery. Since then, the number of extensions has ballooned. If you use Chrome, here are a few add-ons that Google and Chrome users are highlighting.

Useful browser extensions, of course, are among the key reasons that many people favor Mozilla’s open-source Firefox browser over others. They’re quickly making their way to the Chrome browser, although you must have the latest beta version of Chrome to work with these, and it’s available here.

Find Bargains. Timed for the long holiday weekend, Google has highlighted a number of Chrome extensions that can help you shop and benefit from online bargains. Kaboodle lets you add products from stores online to personal lists, and see what types of deals other online shoppers are finding. Google Checkout Notifier Promo is an extension that actually comes from Google. The extension allows users to be notified when visiting a store running a Google Checkout promotion. The extension also displays details on any given promotion.

Getting High Marks. Google’s Extensions Gallery for Chrome includes ways to sort for the most popular extensions, and the highest rated ones. Google Mail Checker is hugely popular. It displays the number of unread messages in your Gmail account, and lets you open your inbox with one click. Many people are also using the Google Translate extension, which translates entire web pages with one click.

Social Tools. You can now use quite a few extensions for social-networking sites and services in Chrome. The Facebook extension lets you access your account and get at chat and notifications from the browser. Fast Twitter Search lets you search in Twitter with one click. TwitterBar lets you post to Twitter from the Chrome toolbar.