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Yesware Chrome extension enhances Gmail for business

While Gmail is a convenient and increasingly popular email option for business professionals, there are features lacking that simple tools can enhance and streamline.



Gmail for business use

If you already use Gmail for your small business email needs, you know how convenient it is, as you can access it from anywhere and customize many of its features to fit your professional needs. One thing you may not know, however, is that there is awesome tool you can use alongside your Gmail account to streamline your professional efforts.

Enter Chrome extension Yesware, an easy-to-use online tool geared toward salespeople, but it can be used by any small business professional.

Track your emails

It’s no wonder why Yesware is perfect for salespeople with this feature. Yesware allows you to track your emails—from it leaving your outbox and arriving at its end destination. “Yesware can detect when it is opened, who opened it, the reader’s location and even computer type.” Yesware will even compile a report for you to view whenever you want.

This particular feature will help you confirm and keep track of who is receiving and actually opening your messages. If it’s a sales pitch email, for instance, you will be one step closer to determining who is actually interested and who you can follow up with.

Team sharing

Sharing information as a team is an important part of working together. Having access to the same information and reports can streamline your professional interactions and make everyone a cohesive unit.

Yesware’s reports can be accessed by multiple users or even by your entire company. This will ensure that your clients or customers aren’t emailed multiple times for the same thing because there will always be an up-to-date report to review first.

Email templates

Whether you regularly send out similar emails or you hit the perfect note with yesterday’s email, you can save it as a template. Using Yesware to save email templates is a great way to save time, as you don’t have to go searching for it. It’s also great if you send many of the same emails, but you need to customize each one with the recipient’s name or personal information.

These templates can also be shared with every member on your team, so all of your outgoing emails have a unified front.

Convenient enhancement

Because Yesware can be added onto your current Gmail account, its convenience enhances your Gmail experience and enables you to be more productive throughout your day. Yesware’s email features and shortcuts will put you back in control of your daily tasks and time management. Email is no longer just a tool you can use to communicate with others. You can now use it to also stay organized. And organization is often the first key to a healthy business.

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The American Genius Staff Writer: Charlene Jimenez earned her Master's Degree in Arts and Culture with a Creative Writing concentration from the University of Denver after earning her Bachelor's Degree in English from Brigham Young University in Idaho. Jimenez's column is dedicated to business and technology tips, trends and best practices for entrepreneurs and small business professionals.

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  1. Jeremy Butler

    March 28, 2012 at 11:09 am

    Thanks for sharing us with your readers Charlene.

    We appreciate the great post.

  2. Loren Nason

    April 3, 2012 at 10:48 pm

    Both of those are awesome. I think I like the tracking notifications better with Right Inbox. But the polish on Yesware is amazing.

    Those posts prompted me to actually right another post (it has been a while)

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Facebook Messenger for Firefox launched, browsing gets social

Facebook Messenger for Firefox is now live, and users can interact with Facebook while visiting any website or page that can be browsed in Firefox, saving steps and truly integrating social into browsing.



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facebook messenger for firefox

Facebook Messenger for Firefox users

As a means of integrating social into Firefox users’ experience, Facebook Messenger has launched as part of the browser, built on a new Social API for the web, and because roughly 20 percent of all time spent online is on social networks, Firefox has sought to organically make that a part of their browser. Users need to update to the latest Firefox, then click “Turn On” on the Facebook Messenger for Firefox Page, and Facebook chat and updates pop up right in the sidebar of Firefox.

Here’s how it works:
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Marrying social with browsing

As shown in the video above, when the feature is enabled, you’ll get a social sidebar which includes Facebook updates and chat, and you can like new comments, tag photos, and get notifications for messages, friend requests and more, turning Firefox into a little Facebooking machine.

The company says the integration is the beginning of making the browser more social, adding that more support for other features and multiple providers is on the way.

“Mozilla is a non-profit organization with a mission to promote openness, innovation and opportunity on the Web,” the company said in a statement, “and we can’t wait to see what cool Web experiences developers will build on our Social API. We want to build a social standard for the Web to give developers more opportunities and users more choice, much like we did with our work on OpenSearch. Imagine using the Firefox sidebar, toolbar buttons and even an AwesomeBar button for news, music, finances, email, group projects and more.”

When users do not wish to be available, Facebook Messenger can be disabled altogether, or simply “hide” the sidebar which will put it away and stop notifications so you can focus.

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Google chrome keeps getting faster and faster

When people get frustrated with the speed of their internet, they often blame their service provider, but the culprit could be an outdated web browser. Google Chrome continues to get faster and faster over time, while others appear to be degrading.



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google chrome

Not all browsers are created equal

How do you decide which browser to use? Do you use Internet Explorer because it’s what you’ve always used? How about Firefox? Do you use it because it’s potentially the most common and your contacts have recommended it? Or, do you use Chrome because it’s new and fresh? There are other browsers, but these are some of the main ones. The truth is that all browsers are not created equal. Which browser you choose ultimately depends on what you want out of it.

Let’s take a quick look at Chrome, namely its speed. According to the Google Chrome Blog, one of Chrome’s core principles is speed. As such, Google tests and improves Chrome’s speed regularly. And regularly for Google means every six weeks. They liken it to a car mechanic who comes to replace your engine every six weeks. However, it seems as though Chrome is simply enhanced every six weeks, not completely replaced.

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How Chrome is increasing its speed

One way that Chrome continues to increase speed is to diminish and severely lessen wait times, including waiting for the browser to start up and waiting for a dialog box to completely open and load. Chrome has also enabled tests to automatically detect when there is a code issue that slows or may slow it down, both in the long term and in the short term.

Chrome measures speed and overall performance through Octane scores, which “is a JavaScript benchmark [they] designed to measure performance of real-world applications on the modern web.” Compared to last year, Chrome reports seeing a 26% increase from last year’s score. And they promise to continue increasing the speed and maintaining and improving stability, as both are key to Chrome’s success.

When it comes to browsers, you definitely have options. But, if you want speed and precision, it looks like Chrome might be a great option. They’ve already made great progress and improvements, but the best part is that they promise to continue making progress. Just because they are fast today doesn’t mean they aren’t striving to be even faster tomorrow, making Chrome a great browser for both your professional and personal lives.

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Privacyfix: browser extension shows who’s tracking you, what to do about it

Everyone knows that by the mere act of using the web, we are all leaking information like a sieve, but Privacyfix shows you where the leaks are and how to fix them.



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privacyfix web privacy tool

Do you really know who is tracking you online?

Online privacy. It’s a major issue that can be confusing, frustrating, and very violating. You already know that you can adjust your privacy settings on sites like Google, Twitter, and Facebook, but do you know which changes will affect which information on your account? The more concerning question is do you know which sites are tracking you and storing your information? Well, there’s a free solution – Privacyfix, a Chrome and Firefox extension.

In order to keep yourself and your private information protected and secure and still be able to use your favorite sites, it’s crucial that you understand every site’s privacy settings. Just a few tweaks here and there can fortify your browsing experience and give you peace of mind. The truth is, most of the sites you probably visit track you one way or another. Some want to see what you’re searching for and which sites you’re visiting and others will use targeted ads based on content in your sent and received emails. These sites make ample money off of your information, and it’s time to take back the control.

Privacyfix goes one step further

Privacyfix will show you what information is being tracked and which site is doing the tracking. But Privacyfix takes it one step further. It will actually provide you with a detailed list of which privacy settings you need to update to protect certain types of information. Privacyfix gives you the information you need to make the right privacy changes. These sites shouldn’t be given access and permission to track you by default. But, unfortunately, that’s how it usually works. You can put an immediate stop to it by simply using this free extension for either Firefox or Chrome.

Our modern times have shown us that some people are unworried and completely open to sharing every detail of their private lives with a world of strangers. And, let’s be honest; this is incredibly dangerous, no matter if you’re using it for personal or professional purposes. Information is king, but there should be some separation between your professional life and your home life with your loved ones. Too much of your information out in the open can lead to more trouble than it’s worth.

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