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Facebook for Google Chrome

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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.

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  • 3.0 stars

    "Limited functionality but otherwise solid"

    May 24, 2012  |   By camainc

    Version: Facebook for Google Chrome 2.0.9

    Pros

    Quick access to newsfeed, notification, etc., without having to load the facebook site.

    Cons

    Posting is limited to status updates and some limited comments. No photo posting. Posting links to articles and videos only gives you the raw url in your post, not a preview like on a real Facebook post.

    Summary

    This is handy if you want quick looks at your newsfeed, but that's about it.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Awesome little app"

    September 20, 2011  |  

    Version: Facebook for Google Chrome 2.0.9

    Pros

    + Shows extremely recent posts. Even more recent than what you'd see on facebook.com news feed.
    + Quick loading with many functions. News feed/Wall/Mail/Invites. They all pop up quickly and work seamlessly

    Cons

    - Very rarely must re-login.

    Summary

    I'm not sure what the reviewers where thinking here.

    Points:

    - Yes, you have to first logon to your facebook account from a browser to give the 3rd party application permission to access your facebook information.

    - The live feed shows even more recent posts than what you'd see on facebook.com's feed from your "news feed"

    - "Comment" window pops up immediately when clicked.

    I've used this since it came out and these have always been so.


    App works great and no annoying pop-ups or advertising unlike the current one available on the Chrome app store.

    Do yourself a favor and check it out yourself before bowing to the CNET review.

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