Community managers tend to have issues with tabs, in particular, an over-abundance of them. While applying a recent batch of system updates, I closed about 150 tabs between two browser windows. The reasons for having so many open are broadly incidental, just running down suspected voting irregularities can lead to opening ten tabs, sometimes more.
We also work in a highly interrupt-driven environment, a particular trick to not forgetting to follow up on something is to leave a tab open, and check tabs individually as you close them - the logic being that you'll remember why you had something open, and finish whatever it was you meant to do. That works well in theory, but ...
I'm looking for something I can add on to Chrome that lets me annotate a tab, somewhere easy to find, with notes on why I'm leaving a particular tab open. These would be terse notes, intended only to jog my memory - something like:
Find out if this shipped for sure, order it again if it didn't.
Definitely some crazy cross voting on a few sites going on here, run it down and clean it up everywhere prior to messaging
Anything that lets me quickly recall why something was left open would work.
At the minimum, I need the following features:
- Easy one-click access to an icon in the tool area (similar to screenshot tools, etc). Clicking gives me a short text box, where I can save an annotation
- Easy button to see an annotation for a tab while viewing it
- Easy dismiss button to clear an annotation without having to close the tab itself
Nice to have:
- Tabs with annotations are visually distinct from tabs that don't have annotations, preferably when they're all scrunched together due to too many #@^& tabs being open
- If a tab with an annotation is closed without dismissing the annotation first, (optionally) bring the annotation back if I visit the same URL again (Chrome loves to crash when you have too many open tabs)
- Hovering over a tab with an annotation shows the first 80 - 100 characters of the annotation 'tool tip' style
Really spiffy if:
- Syncs with Chrome like most other things, so I can inherit annotations that haven't been dismissed across browsers
I'm not particular on implementation details, or the state of the extension (alpha / beta is fine with me). I don't care if it doesn't sync and only works off of local storage / etc - anything beats what I currently have which is basically nothing. Additionally, I'm not concerned about compatibility with the various mobile versions of Chrome. Windows 7 + gets the job done for me, compatibility with Linux would be swell, but not needed.
Is there an extension that does this, and can help me make simply leaving tabs open a more productive tool in my workflow?