It is a very easy thing for people to add custom buttons to their Google Toolbar (the Internet Explorer version). Well, it’s a totally different thing entirely to coerce your readers into adding your site to their toolbar. Thankfully, there’s a WordPress plugin that puts one of those neat triangles in the top right-hand corner of your blog that reads “Add My Blog! Google Toolbar”
With a come-on like that, who can resist!
Dude, it was a rhetorical question.
What is wrong with you?
That was rhetorical, too!
Well, I’m on vacation, but Scoble says I have to be part of “the conversation”, so I’m having one with myself.
Dude, you just totally ruined a perfectly good blog post.
I hate you.
(via Higher-Profits > Digg)
Google has released a Firefox extension called “Google Safe Browsing For Firefox” designed to alert you to unsafe spoof websites, much like Microsoft’s Phishing Filter does in IE. In fact, considering the substantial back-end that must be required for such a system, you have to believe Google could have released this for IE, and only didn’t since Microsoft already did.
Anyway, it seems quite useful, and a good addition for any FF user.
Google has also released an extension under the Blogger brand called “Blogger Web Comments” that allows users to comment on any page on the web. To do so, you type what you want to comment and it links back to a new post created on your Blogger blog. This means a huge opportunity to put spam links on every page on the web, since you can’t comment without creating a useless post!
I don’t like this one as much, if you can’t tell. There have been other, better systems for commenting on web pages, and few of them encouraged spam like this one. Well, I guess the Blogger brand is synonymous with spam anyway, so what’s one more?
The only saving grace is that Blogger Web Comments shows more than just comments put there by spammers, but also any backlinks from Google Blog Search. That’s kind of useful. I like going to any one of my blog pages and seeing on page who might be linking to it. Including spammers.
Eh, install it at your own risk, or pleasure. Tough call. Google never makes it easy…
(via The Google Blog)
One thing MSN Desktop Search has that makes it more useful than Google’s is the toolbar it puts in regular Windows folders, making it instantly accessible. Well, no need to be sad until Google does it. Alex Kolesnichenko has developed a plugin that junks the regular Windows search and replaces it with Google Desktop Search. Now, granted, I wouldn’t want a plugin that deletes any portion of Windows, but its a pretty good quick fix, and regular Windows search is so useless you should never have to use it anyway. He also made a toolbar for Outlook that lets you search your inbox with GDS direct from Outlook. Now, why couldn’t we get a Google Desktop Search toolbar for Windows Explorer?
(via Brad Hill)