Extension for displaying unread notification count for Google Plus
If you want to be aware of who are talking to you or mentioning you in their conversation on Google Plus, but don't wish to have a web page consistently opened for Google Plus or Gmail, then you should try this.
This is my first Chrome extension and any critics and feedbacks are more than welcome. The features are pretty simple and more complex options and UI will follow in next versions. My sincere acknowledgement goes to "Google Mail Checker" extension development team. My code was mostly inspired by their examples at http://src.chromium.org/viewvc/chrome/trunk/src/chrome/common/extensions/docs/examples/extensions/gmail/
+ Checks for any unread notifications of your Google Plus every minute, and displays unread notification count on your browser extension toolbar.
+ Click to open a tab to read all notifications.
- You need to be logged in so that it can fetch the unread count for you. Otherwise it will display a *curious* question mark.
- I took the icon for Google Plus mobile. There are other published extensions using the same icon so I assume this is acceptable for Chrome extension web store. If there is any violation, please let me know and I will replace it asap.
- There hasn't been public Google Plus API yet (not as I am aware of...) The URL for my HTTP request is based upon my inspection of HTTP requests and responses from http://plus.google.com. So the URL is subject to change and I will need to update accordingly.
(Google Plus is a trademark of Google Inc. Use of this trademark is subject to Google Permissions.)
[UPDATE] Ver 0.1-> Ver 0.2:
found a bug in the 0.1 version of the extension: the icon sometimes fails to come back when you shut down Chrome completely and restart Chrome. It seems to be fixed and please download the latest version with the fix.