Lately, I've noticed that the tab new message counter in Chrome doesn't update immediately (it shows a new message long after I've read it). And it bugs me. I found myself checking it even more often because I wasn't sure if there was something I needed to reply to or not.
I've been looking for an extension that will allow me to see new messages (I know, I know... there's benefit to only checking them once every # hours, but I just can't bring myself to do that yet) but not have to constantly jump to my inbox.
I can't leave my inbox entirely because I need to be logged into Google Chat (which we use as a sort of in/out board where I work).
But, I think I've stumbled upon a rather handy combination of Chrome extensions that addresses the email notifications and chat integration.
- Checker Plus for Gmail
I can enable an audio notification (Pavlovian response anyone?) or just the visual one. I can also reply from the popup window.
- Chat for Google
It can run in the system tray or I can launch by clicking on the extension icon. I get popup notifications of new chats even when I don't have Gmail open.
Both of these extensions support Google Apps.
If you're using Google Apps and want to receive email notifications or be easily available via Chat, I recommend checking these extensions out.
Jenna Baze is a rather geeky girl with average social skills and an affinity for: Google Apps, Salesforce.com, Pinterest, natural light photography and finding creative ways to avoid doing dishes (which includes updating a handful of blogs).
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