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Let your friends take over your browser with this crazy Chrome extension

Published Oct 13th, 2015 9:30PM EDT
Shove Chrome Extension
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Sharing links on the Internet is already exceptionally simple, but a small group of developers has found a way to take even more steps out of the process. Officially released late last month, Shove is a browser extension for Chrome that allows users to instantly open tabs on one another’s browsers without any prompts or warnings.

Terrifying, right?

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Once you’ve installed Shove, all you have to do is create an account and add a few friends. Once your friend list is populated with a few names, you can start “shoving” tabs to their browsers any time you want by clicking the Shove button in the top right corner of the screen once you’ve navigated to the website you want to share.

If you’re working with a large group on a research project remotely, this could be a great way to share information without having to wait for your partners to click a link in a chat room you’re all sharing.

It can also be a great way to send unsavory content to a friend’s laptop while they are in an important business meeting, resulting in their immediate termination and the end of your friendship.

“At first, we thought this would be a pretty funny and dangerous game,” designer Mike Lacher told Wired. “But once we built it and played around with it, it became less of a prank and more an easy way to share things back and forth… It was about having a creative conversation, where the domain name is the message. Or if you want to tell your friend ‘no way’ about something, sending them a link to a Google Image search is a lot more interesting.”

If you can actually trust your friends or colleagues with this extension, it does sound like a fun, creative way to speak to one another using the entirety of the Internet. But any tab they send you will become the active tab, no matter what, so you might need to draft a physical contract before you all join each other’s friend list.

You can download the Shove extension free from the Chrome Web Store now.

Jacob Siegal
Jacob Siegal Associate Editor

Jacob Siegal is Associate Editor at BGR, having joined the news team in 2013. He has over a decade of professional writing and editing experience, and helps to lead our technology and entertainment product launch and movie release coverage.