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Not much new from a webmaster perspective, but the beta includes pop-up killing, auto form-filling, and some other fun things. :)
[It's a beta, so things may change between now and the final version. Let us know what you think at toolbar-beta at google.com though. ]
The reason is most serious site have news in a single pop up or special offer if it is shopping site and dont want to miss that.
besides finally a way to get rid of the annoying way MSN search pop ups, when you spell a URL wrong!
by the way i completely removed all the IE Standard, Address, links etc..just a googlebar...thanks to 'I am Feelin' Lucky' button..just type the keyword..no need to type www.my-news-site.com.. just my-news-site ...my browser looks clean and space efficient.
[edited by: Chndru at 6:17 pm (utc) on June 25, 2003]
(with all the other countries/languages combinations) - that way it's a lot easier/quicker to find the country you are in...
Oh on the "BlogThis" icon: Most of the blogging software supports an API (I forget what it's called now), so you just need a configuration screen for "URL/Username/Password" to make it "multi-platform".
I was "tooling" around with the new bar, preformed a search for "web" and got a 403. Repeated, same thing, "forbidden".
I did send off a reply. The same search on the built in opera google search had no problems. Are there any troubles with the beta bar in communicating with the datacenters?
like the voting. my only concern is that more webmasters would be installing this than surfers and therefore the results would be skewed somewhat. how will google be marketing it to the public? I like how google has consistently kept a clean design but perhaps a little toolbar icon on the index wouldn't be a bad idea to get mainstream folks installing it and normalizing the results...
viggen: once you change the "Search using" country in Options, everything else changes too!
So if you change it to www.google.co.uk, then pressing the News button will now go to [news.google.co.uk...]
- you can resize the input box by dragging the little line on the right
- seen the dropdown on the "Search Web" button?
...no need to type www.my-news-site.com.. just my-news-site ...my browser looks clean and space efficient.
Just an FYI: You can already do this in IE by typing sitename and hitting CTRL-ENTER, and it will automatically add the www and .com :)
Mozilla Firebird is also my preferred browser due to its great support of CSS, integrated popup killer and especially the incredibly useful "open in new tab" instead of a new window. That way I can have 20 browser tabs open in just one single window, instead of 20 windows with IE.
So, please GG, give the mozilla developers the code for the pagerank to be displayed - or develop a full feature mozilla toolbar yourself! And of course you should support as many platforms and browsers as possible - should not be thaaat difficult hey?
And I second viggen's request to have direct links to the country Google news sites, despite Astinus' comments.
Can the silly voting buttons be removed? They don't do anything. Or do they?
I'm curious, what exactly do you want?
- 2 buttons, "go to news" and "go to UK news"?
- the ability to set your search site and news site seperately in options, but the same amount of buttons as before
- something completely different
So, to see how good this pop-up buster works, I decided to surf a few for the *team*... works pretty nicely! With all the little beaps when a pop-up is blocked it felt like I was playing some nasty Quake game a few yrs ago!;)
I can see someone at work surfing a porn-site to test the toolbar and getting caught!;)
This Sin Bin could be triggered on/off via options... just hate to have to click "Allow Site Popups"/refresh the page and then allow the popups out to roam. Via the Sin Bin the popups could be in a safe environment where they won't get out of control!
Anyway, looks pretty neat - much better options section (well the layout/format is nicer) - still has the voting buttons :) :( - voted for my site just in case they do something now.
I think they are on to a winner with the blocking function.
Page Info option is no longer a default - I guess it would be only webmaster who check for cached pages and backward links - but I would have thought the translate option may be used by Joe Public. (I would have thought this would be more useful as a default than Blog Button)
Had the Alexa toolbar on for the first time the other day and I do like the way they have the similar sites in the toolbar.
The Google Toolbar also breaks the "search links" bookmarklet, which uses a prompt before opening the window.
I prefer Mozilla's event-based pop-up blocker. Clicks on links, buttons, and bookmarklets are allowed to open windows; onload and onunload events are not. Mozilla's pop-up blocker is more predictable.
Checking some other pages that scored high in a particular SERP, I found that the highlight button showed some hidden text that contained the keywords. Without the highlight button, the white text on a white background did not show. I have also found printing out a web page with hidden text will also show the hidden text.
So for a quick check of your competitors' sites for given keywords, click on their pages with the highlight button activated. Words that disappear when the highlight button is clicked off were hidden text.
It also showed me that whatever filters Google may have introduced for hidden text are still not catching it. However that's another topic.