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Before installing any extension in this post: remember that some GNOME Shell extensions might not be compatible with others and they may crash GNOME Shell. Only try to install them if you know how to fix this, just in case.

GNOME Shell Mediaplayer extension

GNOME Shell Mediaplayer extension lets you control applications that support MPRIS by adding a status menu icon:

GNOME Shell extension Mediaplayer

Note: I've only tested Shell Mediaplayer extenion with Rhythmbox.

Download GNOME Shell Mediaplayer extension (firstly install "git-core"):
cd && git clone https://github.com/horazont/gnome-shell-extensions-mediaplayer
mkdir -p ~/.local/share/gnome-shell/extensions/
mv gnome-shell-extensions-mediaplayer/media@sotecware.net ~/.local/share/gnome-shell/extensions/

Then reload GNOME Shell (ALT + F2, then enter "r").

Update: WebUpd8 reader Leonardo says this extension only worked with Rhythmbox, so he created a fork which works with Banshee too (you must enable the Banshee MPRIS extension for this to work). You can get the GNOME Shell Mediaplayer extension with Banshee support from HERE (the installation is the same as the regular extension, you only need to replace the GIT address).

Update 2: GNOME Shell Mediaplayer Extension Available In The WebUpd8 GNOME3 PPA

Gnome Shell noa11y extension

GNOME Shell noa11y extension: removes the Accessibility icon from the GNOME Shell system status area.

Install GNOME Shell noa11y extension:
mkdir -p ~/.local/share/gnome-shell/extensions
cd ~/.local/share/gnome-shell/extensions
git clone https://ecoleman@github.com/ecoleman/noa11y-colemando.com.git
mv noa11y-colemando.com noa11y@colemando.com

Then reload GNOME Shell (ALT + F2, then enter "r").

Update: this extension is now available in the WebUpd8 GNOME 3 PPA. Install it using the following commands:
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:webupd8team/gnome3
sudo apt-get update
sudo at-get install gnome-shell-extensions-noa11y

GNOME Shell Activitiesbutton extension

GNOME Shell Activitiesbutton extension: lets you add your Linux distribution logo next to the Activities text or remove the text and only display a logo for the Activities button:

This is yet another great extension by fpmurphy - direct download link.

To use it, unpack the downloaded archive and copy the extracted folder to ~/.local/share/gnome-shell/extensions/

By default, the extension will display the Fedora logo (if available on your system) next to the "Activities" text.

- if you're not using Fedora, open the "extension.js" file and replace "fedora-logo-icon" with your Linux distribution logo. For Ubuntu, you can replace it with "distributor-logo" (don't enter the path to the extension, only the icon name without the extension).

- if you want to remove the "Activities" text and only have a button for this, in the same "extension.js" file, comment (add "//" in front of the line) line 30 which looks like this: "box.add_actor(label);".

Then reload GNOME Shell (ALT + F2, then enter "r").

For more info about (and tweaking it further) the Activitiesbutton extension, see THIS post on fpmurphy.com.

More extensions

There are some more GNOME Shell extensions I didn't test yet but you can try them out if you want:

  • Pomodoro Extension for GNOME Shell - link. This is an extension that displays a countdown timer on the top bar and keeps track of completed 25 minutes cycles - for those familiar with the Pomodoro technique.
  • Presentation Mode GNOME Shell extension - link. "Gnome-Presentation-Mode is a tiny gnome-shell extension that adds a new entry to the power indicator (the menu that opens when you click the battery icon). While presentation mode is on the screensaver and the automatic suspend will not kick in, allowing you to sit back and enjoy whatever you are doing without having to wiggle the mouse every few minutes".
  • And of course, also check out all the extensions provided by fpmurphy @ http://www.fpmurphy.com/gnome-shell-extensions/

Thanks to rAX for the tip!