I recommend that you read MrRobbo‘s post as I will not repeat, in detail, the features he highlights in this blog post – but I would like to bring your attention to the user features of the web browser.
The browser is a fantastic tool to personalise your online experience using the Apps and Extensions. I personally use Gmail, Evernote, GoogleDrive, Dropbox, TweetDeck and Google+ extensions to . I can imagine that there are a number of other extensions/apps that I am still to come across.
But, the feature I feel is the most useful is the ability to have different user accounts to personalise/privatise your browser. For me, this enables me to have a private, professional and student web browser with separate bookmarks, apps and extensions. As an educator, this is essential!
This feature allows me to bookmark my social life (Facebook, Twitter, iPlayer, SkyBet (ssshhhh), Sky Sports News, eBay etc) and keep it completely separate from web pages I bookmark for use in planning, lessons and PLN. I have also created an account for when students may use my laptop in the classroom, where I have bookmarked the websites I feel will be most useful/user friendly for students.
This feature has bought that extra security to my browsing experience.
Google have created a video:
To add additional accounts, click on the top left of the browser (usually an icon like a face/football etc) and click on ‘new user’. You will need to create a new Google account, but as I already have a Google account for professional (email@example.com), personal and student interactions, this was not a problem.
If the icon is not in the top left, click on ‘customise and control Google Chrome’, and then ‘Settings’. Scroll down to the ‘User’ tab and then add additional users.
Here is some additional support from the Google forum.
Another great feature of Chrome
If you have Chrome downloaded onto your handheld device (eg. iPhone/iPad); your bookmarks, history, and even your open tabs sync to have a completely fluid user experience across device and platform.
How do you use additional users in Chrome?