Chrome Dashboard for fast Facebook fixes

Access your Facebook features inside Chrome with this free extension.

Facebook is everywhere these days, we hear, but it really only exists inside your browser. If that browser happens to be Google Chrome, you're in luck: BuildAGadget's Facebook Dashboard Extension makes it easier than ever to access the world's largest and most popular social networking site. You can instantly check messages, update your status, and post likes and comments, even while you're doing other things.

After downloading and installing this extension, we were prompted to sign in to Facebook via the extension's Chrome page, with an option to stay signed in. When we'd logged in, a pop-up opened in the upper right corner of Chrome's window displaying our activity and status, with the option to update it. We could read and compose messages and access other site features via a small toolbar along the bottom that displayed pokes, messages, friend requests, and invites. Slender tabs along the bottom of the interface let us show friends' activity as well as our own, while an Options icon let us configure updates and similar settings. The extension doesn't just display text, either, but also pictures. Facebook Dashboard quickly proved itself a handy addition to Chrome's toolbar. It kept us signed in while we browsed various other pages, opening instantly and displaying our notifications when we wanted it to, and then disappearing until we needed it again. Facebook Dashboard Extension keeps sign-in data securely protected, too. Everything worked just like a regular Facebook page, with no glitches. As with other Chrome extensions, it's a cinch to install, disable, or uninstall.

Facebook is so ubiquitous that it sometimes seems as if it'd be easier just to add other apps to it instead of the other way around. Until that day comes, Facebook fans can make good use of free tools like Facebook Dashboard Extension, not to mention Chrome.

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