Editors' Note: The Download Now link will prompt a local download of the Google Chrome extension. To install the extension directly, open the file using your Chrome browser.
We like Facebook and we like Chrome, so we thought that a Facebook extension for Chrome sounded like a great idea. Unfortunately, Facebook for Google Chrome is a disappointing combination of two of our favorite bits of Internet technology.
The extension installs easily and places a small Facebook icon to the right of Chrome's address bar. Even our first impression of Facebook for Google Chrome was negative; we had to actually visit Facebook in our browser and log in before the extension would work, because there was no way to log in through the extension itself. Once we were logged in, Facebook for Google Chrome provided limited access to Facebook's capabilities. We were able to post status updates, and view our live feed, wall, and notifications. The add-on allows users to comment on other users' status updates, in theory, anyway; we found that clicking on the Comment button resulted in a several-second delay before the comment window actually appeared. The live feed didn't seem to update very frequently, and the extension offers no way to refresh it. Clicking on a friend's name within the extension opens Facebook in a browser tab, but it opens the Lite version, which is frustrating when you want to go directly to regular Facebook. Facebook for Google Chrome has no options or Help file; what you see really is what you get, and it's not much. Overall, although this add-on works, we didn't find it to be a very effective way to integrate Facebook and Chrome.
Facebook for Google Chrome is free. It installs and uninstalls without issues. We do not recommend this program.
This Google Chrome extension lets you view your Facebook news feed, wall and notifications in Google Chrome. You can also update your status by clicking on your profile picture. Click the icon to the left for a screenshot. Your friends' pictures and names will not be blurred when using the extension.