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Official Google Toolbar for Firefox

coming July 7th

     
9:04 am on Jul 4, 2005 (gmt 0)

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[mozdev.org...]
Google will be releasing next week: a version of our IE Toolbar for Firefox. It will most likely be released on July 7th.
- It will work with Firefox 1.0+
- It will work on Win2k/XP, MacOS X 10.2, and Linux 8.0+
- It has pretty much the same features as the latest IE toolbar except of course for things like the Popup Blocker

Also note that they are going to link to the 3rd party Googlebar.

6:57 pm on July 5, 2005 (gmt 0)

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I like FireFox because you don't have to download and install toolbars.
7:09 pm on July 5, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Who needs a toolbar for firefox anyway when you already have the little search box in the upper right (which can switch to other search engines in 2 clicks) and the PR bar in the lower right (Goolge Pagerank Status extension)?
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Linux 8.0+

I could not decide which smarty-pants reply I liked most, so here they both are:

-But which version of the Windows Kernel will it run on?
-Cool, I just upgraded from Linux 7.9 last night

Honestly, though it is nice to see Google producing some software that will run on Linux.

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Who needs a toolbar for firefox anyway when you already have the little search box in the upper right (which can switch to other search engines in 2 clicks) and the PR bar in the lower right (Goolge Pagerank Status extension)?

Well, that's true with this crowd, but there are Firefox users out there who are not webmasters/SEOs who just want the highlighting, and other bells and whistles that come with the Toolbar.

And they want all their ISBN numbers hyperlinked to Amazon.

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Well, that's true with this crowd, but there are Firefox users out there who are not webmasters/SEOs who just want the highlighting, and other bells and whistles that come with the Toolbar.

I guess that's probably true ... but all those people probably already have the mozdev.org version anyway ;) Google should have released a Mozilla tollbar at the same time as they released the IE toolbar; releasing it now is just kind of redundant imo.
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If it's for Firefox, it's Open Source right?
Just kidding.
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Is it just me, or does Fritz Schneider's writing style (see amznVibe's link) seem an awful lot like GoogleGuy's? ;)
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MatthewHSE has a very good point.

I'll check it for sure but at the same time I wonder how many Goooogls are really here in secret?

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what a great place for free press release. wish I could do that here ;-)
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Who needs a toolbar for firefox anyway when you already have the little search box in the upper right (which can switch to other search engines in 2 clicks) and the PR bar in the lower right (Goolge Pagerank Status extension)? - Physics

Ditto
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Ditto again.
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Is it just me, or does Fritz Schneider's writing style (see amznVibe's link) seem an awful lot like GoogleGuy's?

I'll just stick with saying that I really like Fritz's writing style. :) And if you can't get enough of that writing style, it looks like he co-wrote a book about Google, too: [google.com...]
361 pages..

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Okay, so I was wrong. Fritz joined Google in 2002 [www-cse.ucsd.edu], and GoogleGuy joined WW in 2001. So either Fritz isn't GoogleGuy, or GoogleGuy's real identity has changed over the years. (Or Fritz was permitted to post as GoogleGuy previous to actually joining Google...sure, I bet that's it! ;) )

Rats. Thought I'd nailed him this time! ;)

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You were wrong ;)

I see the relevance in this being Google's further support of FireFox which I see as a positive regardless of seo perspectives.

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Maybe that was the "bronze age" GoogleGuy and this is the "silver age" (a little comic book superhero humor [en.wikipedia.org])
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I see the relevance in this being Google's further support of FireFox which I see as a positive regardless of seo perspectives.

When was the toolbar for IE released? So support for Mozilla/Firefox means releasing a (redundant) toolbar for those years after it is released for IE?
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Well I think the important point is Google realizes Firefox support is important (now).
If Firefox was still at only 5% of browser usage, we wouldn't even see the attempt at this officially.

Alot has changed in the world of browsers over the past year or so.
Since I am still on win2k (along with alot of other people usually found in the corporate world)
there is no chance to go to IE 7.0 which is fine by me now that Firefox is mature.

Google also went to great lengths to support Firefox with their services like Maps which use alot of fancy dhtml (needing seperate and special code for both IE and Mozilla). It is yet to be seen if Microsoft will do the same effort (though I happen to know for a fact there are programmers working at MS wearing Firefox t-shirts these days).

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I think this is a small sign of a large pattern.

Google understands that MSN = MS is a key competitor, and they realize that sometimes the best defense is a good offense.

A good way to put MSN = MS on the defensive is by whittling away at their monopoly position in the browser market.

So, Google should logically want to take steps to help Firefox become a widely known, mainstream alternative to IE, because this will ultimately help Google in its competitive battles with MSN = MS.

In the future, I suspect we will often see Google trying to give Firefox and Linux equal treatment with respect to the timing of new products, enhancements, etc.

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And if it has PageRank, PageRank is not dead?
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--- Maybe that was the "bronze age" GoogleGuy and this is the "silver age" (a little comic book superhero humor) ---

No, I think it was the Earth Two Googleguy. This one is the Earth One Googleguy, but since the Florida Crisis, Earth Two Googleguy and Earth One Googleguy's histories have been merged so they are one and the same.

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[toolbar.google.com...]
is it this one?
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I think no, as what you see at google now is for IE

and as per starting of thread Google Bar for Mozilla will launch on/after 7th July 05.

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This one is the Earth One Googleguy, but since the Florida Crisis...

LOL! "Florida Crisis" very clever. I wonder if anyone else appreciated that... :)

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I for one will use it fo the excelent spell checker.
That extension for firefox is lacking badly and I believe is no longer updated.
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You can see I need it.
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Yesterday I installed Firefox (have been using IE forever).

Now I just installed the Google Toolbar for Firefox :)

It doesn't seem to have PR :(
PR helped me decide if a site is trustworthy, I'm not talking SEO here I mean for my personal web use (I know PR is not perfect but it helps). The only reason I might keep the toolbar now is the highlighter.

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kapow you probably installed Googlebar, not the official Google Toolbar.
It's not out just yet (later today).
It will probably be found here [google.com...]
or more directly here: [toolbar.google.com...]
and there will be an announcement here: [google.com...]
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Spellbound spellchecker works w Firefox
Home page for it updated 1 July (it says), so seems current
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