A friend of mine recently asked me about Google Chrome and whether or not it had made its way up to my browser of choice. In all honesty, I am still lured over to the Firefox icon by habit, but have been making a conscious effort to dive into Chrome the past few weeks. Here are my takeaways:
- The "Inspect Element" feature is quite handy. Simply right-click on a link or image and choose "inspect element" to see the actual code that is comprising that element. It's the equivalent of doing a "view source" and highlighting the exact snippet of code for that element. In IE and FF, you simply get the basic properties (filename, image dimensions, alt text, etc.)
- The status bar only appears when it has something to tell you (e.g. when you rollover a link to see where it is going to take you). Gives you a few extra pixels of viewing real estate.
- When a tab locks up, it doesn't kill your entire browser session - only the tab that is giving you issues.
- Using Chrome is going to give Google an even more comprehensive picture of who I am as a online user. Some freak out knowing that Google is now tracking their browsing habits in addition to all the other stuff they already know. I see it as a way for more targeted and relevant content to find its way to me.
- The option to have my most visited sites come up when I open the browser is kinda cool. Not sure if I will ever use it, but still cool.
- I'm working on this post using TypePad in Chrome. The WYSIWYG text editor is whacked out right now. Not sure how other WYWSIYGs are adapting to Chrome, but this one certainly is not.
- There isn't a home button - or at least, not that I can find.
- Often times when I have multiple browser tabs open, I attempt to close the browser when I really only meant to close a single tab. FF asks me if I am sure I want to close all tabs (and often times, the answer is no). Chrome, however, doesn't... it simply closes all tabs. This is starting to annoy me as I have done it several times.
Chrome is a nice little browser and fills the gap between IE and FF. Will I personally be a regular Chrome user? Not quite yet. However, I think IE just slipped from 2nd to 3rd on my preferred browser list.