Chrome: Chime is an extension for Chrome that intercepts your notifications for popular services such as Gmail, Facebook, Twitter, Flickr and LinkedIn. It puts them all into a single drop-down menu in Chrome that you can click to see them all at once.
We’ve shared our disdain for notifications before, but you need a way to streamline them if you can’t just turn them off and walk away. Once you’ve installed Chime, the app will check which of the supported services you’re currently logged in to (so you don’t have to add them again) and start tracking them for you. In addition to the services we mentioned above, Chime also supports Quora, Stackoverflow, Reddit, Github and FourSquare.
Each time you get a new notification, you will see a colour-coded desktop alert. The alert also includes a short snippet of text to let you know whether it’s something you need to look at right away, like the subject line of an incoming email or the text of a Twitter reply.
Clicking the Chime toolbar button shows you those new and unread notifications, but you can always choose to see all notifications across all of your supported services by clicking “All Notifications” to open your notification history. You can keep the Chime in-browser page up to see them as they come in, or close it and let the drop-down button in your toolbar do its work.
Chime is still in public beta, but it’s already showing a lot of promise. Best of all, the app runs locally, and all of your login and notification information stays right on your computer — it’s not sent to the cloud, so you don’t have to worry about a web service coming between your online services and your computer.
To get started, hit the Chrome Web Store link below. You can also visit the app’s home page to read more or sign up to keep informed on its development.
Chime [Chrome Web Store]