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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. ]
Looks like we are finally seeing a move to commercialize the G toolbar. The above stated features are tools that get to the core of the surfing experience, not simply search. By combining both search driven faculty with surfing experience(with a pinch of publishing capability), G is providing a compelling reason for non-SEMs to download. Personally, I now use the G and Y toolbar. I can see this toolbar situation, starting an arms race of sorts, due to its default search condition on the browser, and the ability to bundle user experience tools. Interesting.
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But as the Toolbar documentation points out, popups *sometimes* show useful information. And sometimes you don't know whether a popup contains useful information until after you read its title. The Toolbar seems to offer no way to view the title of the popups that are in the penalty box, and I think it would be helpful if it did. To that end a dropdown box of active popups, similar to what some other popup blockers do, would be real cool.
But then again, I'm kind of cranky today. Maybe it's no big deal...
The whole toolbar is also a great "hands on" way to illustrate to small, technophobe clients the power/importance of Google.
Now I just have to wait for a French version so half my clients can understand what it does...
perfecttommy, a few people have requested that, so we wanted to give that ability.
dougb, I like that suggestion. In the current beta, you can whitelist a site by clicking the pop-up button. That will allow pop-ups from that site. So any site that is useful to you, you can set it to allow pop-ups.
jrobbio, the Mozilla folks have done a great job on the Googlebar. I'm glad that they've done such a cool job. Mozilla already supports some of these features (e.g. pop-up killing), I think.
Brett, isn't WebmasterWorld already on everybody's list of bookmarks? :)
dougb, you may just be cranky today, but I'll ask about it. I'm not sure if there's a standard way of connecting to any blog (Movable Type, or whatever) software. Anyway, I'll ask. :)
One thing though:
It highlights text area in forms yellow. I thought someone messed with my CSS. OK...just went into Options and tweaked settings. No more yellow in autofill. :)
While you are here can please explain why a website Site Map that has NO links to it externally shows the same PR as the Index page?
I've flushed DNS, cleared my cache, and now installed another toolbar. The site map has been a PR5 since first news of the FI update hit.
I think Site maps _DO_ make good entrace pages if one does them properly, but the PR is either not real (presumed PR) or it's "real" PR but does not have the anchor text benefit of the index page.
Anyone else see Site Maps with an above average PR showing consistently since FI update?
Personally, it would have been real nice if the work had come from Google rather than mozdev having to work hard at it. Mozilla Firebird supports popup killing for sure. What every webmaster wants is the PR bar on a non-IE format. There may be a big shift away to other browsers if that happens, which is a good thing.
I was wondering about the pop-up blocker feature at first because I got a Google pop-up telling me that it had blocked a Netscape pop-up. (It only happened the first time, though and after that the next time it blocked the Netscape pop-up I just got a Google toolbar message at the bottom of my screen. )
It highlights text area in forms yellow. I thought someone messed with my CSS. OK...just went into Options and tweaked settings. No more yellow in autofill.
That is one feature I really don't like. I couldn't figure out why certain forms were yellow on my site, but not on others. Especially when you have a site that clashes horribly with that yellow highlight color. Many people who download this toolbar would think I was color blind to choose that extreme yellow with the particular color of my site.
I uninstalled the toolbar, no yellow. Reinstalled, yellow. Didn't realize it was highlighting it because it was an area the toolbar could autofil (even though I didn't have any autofill preferences set yet in the autofill tab, hmmm....)
Now I have tweaked that autofill setting, thank you Alphawolf!