DailyDoog Now Available in the Chrome Web Store

A photo of my Harley and I taken by my friend Katie.
For those of you using Chrome, I took some time yesterday to add my blog as an "app" in the Chrome Web Store. The app is available directly via this link.

While I largely ignored the web-store in its first iteration, I have been using it heavily since the redesign in October of last year. The experience so far has been a mostly pleasant one. The store contains full-fledged applications, chrome themes, and chrome extensions.

The apps themselves come in two different flavors. Applications can be downloaded as standalone programs (a local version of the app is installed within Chrome directly), or more simply redirect a user to an external website. The category for my DailyDoog Blog application falls into the later.

Although one could make the argument that a blog might be considered an app, this is not always the case. While I intend to undergo a future project to employ the HTML5 Local Storage libraries in order to make my blog readable offline, as it stands now, my blog remains readable only with an active internet connection.

The web store grew out of a need for Chromebooks Google started offering last year to act more like traditional laptops. The theory of the store in concept is that rather than download applications to your desktop/laptop, why not just move applications to the cloud. ChromeOS at its very core is a concept founded on the basis that the web will one day replace traditional desktop computing.

While that theory may yet hold true, its marketplace execution via ChromeOS is not going to appeal to every consumer. Also, despite the web store having made remarkable strides in the past few months in terms of appearance and user experience, it could still use some polish around the edges.

A brief example of this being that although Google publishes specific guidelines for how marketplace application icons should be designed, Google chooses to ignore those same guidelines when releasing their own applications. Even something as simple as the online/offline Gmail icons being different sizes is enough to detract from the overall user experience provided by the web store.

Despite the shortcomings of the web store, I think it is still a terrific feature of Google Chrome, and one that more users should try out. Some of the applications I find myself using on a near daily basis include:
Despite your own personal interests, there are probably some specific selections within the web store that would enhance your overall experience using and interacting with the web each day. It's definitely worth investigating as the return on your investment is likely to be substantial.

Apps aside, there are also a number of terrific extensions available. Extensions reside in the space immediately adjacent to Chrome's omnibox, meaning they are visible and easily accessible as you browse the web. Extensions tend to supplement standalone apps by adding notifications, and extra functionality. My favorites so far are:

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A photo of my Harley and I taken by my friend Katie.