Firefox to get Official Google Toolbar

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For those stupid enough not to realize the significance of having a Google/Yahoo etc toolbar on their browser, you'll finally get an official Google Toolbar for Firefox on July 7th. Don't forget Yahoo! and ASK while you're in the mood for spyware either! :)

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All I want to know is

has money changed hands?

Google toolbar is good news

I have not made the full switch to FF yet because of the Google toolbar.

There have been good tools that I have implemented in my FF, but the original one is what I have gotten used too, so that is what I want :)

What the f*ck?

kservik, stop taking drugs. Personally I prefer the current FF Google and other search box more than the Toolbar on IE, but seriously if this is the only reason you haven't switched there is something very, very wrong. F*ck, it won't be the same in FF anyway because it ain't IE to start with, so keep up your happy browsing days with IE, and may your virus protection and firewall be strong and upto date.

drugs

Well, it is not that easy to stop taking them. I like it.

hmmmm

:-)

What benefits does the G Toolbar offer on Firefox?

Are there any particularly interesting / useful offerings of the upcoming G Toolbar for Firefox that I'm just not seeing?

On IE, its popup blocker is no doubt useful. Same with the ability to quickly search Google.

But with keyword search shortcuts and the search bar and auto-popup-blocking on Firefox and all, what does the G Toolbar contribute? I even have a very unobtrusive extension (I forget the name) that shows me each page's Alexa and Google Page Ranks.

And yeah, given our differing opinions on the autolinks, let's not even go there, eh? :D

Gary has the usual pre

Gary has the usual pre realease skinny - SEW wrote earlier in the week about this new shit going down to grab Search headlines - leak it, pre-release to few places, beta it, bring it out of beta

fucked if i'll write about a bloody toolbar 4 times! heh..

Apparently it will be availble tomorrow morning..

"Are there any particularly

"Are there any particularly interesting / useful offerings of the upcoming G Toolbar for Firefox that I'm just not seeing?"

Being able to vote for yourself is good enough for me.

Vote for yourself?

You mean the little thumbs-up / thumbs-down icon thingies? Does anyone actually think those do anything? I always assumed they were a cute little "feature" to give folks the illusion of power ;).

"Vote for yourself? You mean

"Vote for yourself? You mean the little thumbs-up / thumbs-down icon thingies?"

No, I simply mean as in Google being sent the URLs of my site as being useful and in use. :)

Actually, after using it a couple of hours, I figure they probably have stats tracking on the surfer behaviour, which makes myself a little nervous.

has anyone else installed it?

I just installed it to check that autoblink still works in the ff version and when I went to uninstall it I don't appear to have an uninstall in my add/remove programs control.

Would anyone else who downloaded it mind having a look and seeing if it's just me or if the toolbar-dept in fact a load of, er, tools?

(I'm using XP and it shows uninstall the IE version fine - but that isn't the one I installed today with the wrong icon - it was last used 6 weeks ago....)

Firefox toolbars don't show up there, they show up...

...under TOOLS | EXTENSIONS in your Firefox browser.

aaaah

thanks. I never had to uninstall a FF thingy before :)

Feel much better now :)

a little nervous?

a little nervous?

Ah, that's an interesting idea

But I'd be surprised if Google really significatly weighted such surfing information to influence ranking. It'd be too easy to create a bot to go a-surfing with the Toolbar, I'd think.

Then again, I've been mistaken about the Toolbar in the past. I publicly assumed that it was used to identify new pages for inclusion in the GoogIndex, but GoogleGuy flatly denied that was the case.

But I'd be surprised if

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But I'd be surprised if Google really significatly weighted such surfing information to influence ranking. It'd be too easy to create a bot to go a-surfing with the Toolbar, I'd think

Google would be stupid not to use it like that. They're all about "breaking away from the link based algo" these days, they failed at that - (and so did everyone else) and need user data to come up with a new, and/or augmented model. It's happening..

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that it was used to identify new pages for inclusion in the GoogIndex, but GoogleGuy flatly denied that was the case.

Matt does a good job of being out and about, but he doesn't always tell the truth. It's been proved countless times that G will index a brand new site based on toolbar data alone...

Toolbar and ranking

They do use toolbar data for thise, but it is difficult to get a bot running on so many different IP adresses it gives an effect.

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