Marketers Toolbox: The Great Suspender

Note: The Marketers Toolbox series teaches our readers about new technology we're using (or experimenting with) that proves to be useful, productive, or just plain entertaining. As a marketer's secret weapon, AgencySparks believes that the tools we use are vital to our success, thus, a marketer's toolbox is truly one of our most important resources.

Ever notice how slow your browser run when you've got multiple tabs open at a time?

Enter The Great Suspender: a Chrome plugin that puts forgotten pages on pause to conserve memory, which not only kicks your browser into high speed, but also spares your computer battery.

We love this app because it gives you a few options to manage when and which Chrome tabs you can put to sleep.

You can opt specific pages out of suspension, or you can choose when the plugin puts the page on hold –– anywhere from 20 seconds to three days.

This tool is a must-have for tab-hoarders (like us) who juggle a million thoughts per minute, and prefer to work with no less than 15 open tabs at a time.

Because the extension keeps the tabs open in your browser, but removes the content from memory, it's optimal for running simultaneous programs to complete several tasks throughout the day, allowing you to keep multiple tabs open without slowing down your whole system and draining your browser speed and battery life.

Tabs you haven't used in a while, depending on whether or not you've exempted them from being suspended, appear to be blank, but retain their favicons and title texts, while displaying this message:

A simple click on this page will refresh it and bring you back to whatever it was you were reading, writing, or working on.

This plugin is great to keep pages from automatically (and unnecessarily) reloading when you're not using them, which – let's face it – is pretty much every website, now that paid ads are no longer just an image, and require more energy to display videos and animated gifs.

For a more hands-on demo, check out this YouTube video demonstration of The Great Suspender:

Not a fan of The Great Suspender, but still need help managing all those Chrome tabs? Here are a few similar extensions:

Congratulations! You are now another step closer to being a more productive marketer!


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