One of the most innovative advantages Google+ has in its favor is the ability for Chrome developers to release extensions that directly benefit the power of the social network. +Photo Zoom is one such extension.
This extension helps you enlarge photos by hovering over them in your Stream on Google+. All you have to do is download the +Photo Zoom extension into Chrome and you are ready to start looking at photos in a whole new light on Google+.
How to use the +Photo Zoom Extension
The first step to using +Photo Zoom in Chrome is to install the extension. Visit the Chrome App Store and install it.
Once you have down that, you will be redirected to a new tab with a welcome message from the extension’s developer. From here, you want to click on “Settings.”
This will open up all the settings to work with for the +Photo Zoom extension.
You want to make sure the box next to “Activate +Photo Zoom” is checked. This enables the extension to work. You can also choose which photos the extension works with and whether not you want to use a key in addition to hovering over a picture to enlarge them. You can also set the length of time before the enlargement takes place. Make sure to click “Save” when you are finished.
Now, navigate to your Google+ profile.
Go through your Stream and find the first picture you come across.
Simply hover over it and it will enlarge to a more visible picture for you to take a look at it. If you move your mouse cursor away from the picture, it will revert to its original size.
That is all you have to do to start using the +Photo Zoom extension for Google+ in Chrome.
Pros of the +Photo Zoom Chrome extension:
- Easy to setup and begin using within seconds.
- Seamless transition from picture in Stream to enlarged size.
Cons of the +Photo Zoom Chrome extension:
- Can only delay the zoom of a photo up to five seconds.
- Google+ seems prone to breaking the extension with small updates.
Does the +Photo Zoom Extension Meet Expectation?
I was surprised by how easy this extension was to use. I have had bad luck in the past with the Facebook equivalent either crashing my browser or just not working when I was on Facebook. This extension is ready to go from the moment you install it. It works seamlessly, and I have yet to encounter any issues with it freezing or crashing Chrome.
The +Photo Zoom extension for Chrome is a great way to get a better look at any pictures on your Stream in Google+. Give it a try today and let us know what you think of it. If you are looking for a similar extension for Facebook, check out our post on Facebook Photo Zoom.
Visit the Chrome App Store and install the +Photo Zoom.