Update: The Facebook Toolbar appears to have been discontinued. It is no longer available and there is no alternative available.
Many Internet users dislike toolbars which largely comes from the fact that some companies use questionable means to force their toolbars on user systems.
Not all toolbars are "evil" though, and there are certainly some that may prove to be useful.
The Facebook Toolbar may be one of them, but only if you are a die hard Facebook user and want to stay in the loop all the time and interact with Facebook without being on the site.
On first glance, the Facebook toolbar looks like a lot of other toolbars. It has the usual assortment of buttons and a search form on it. None of these functions can be used without logging in to Facebook first. The toolbar has a Facebook login link on the right side.
Alternatively, a login popup is displayed if any of the features are accessed prior to logging in.
Just enter your Facebook login credentials, and allow the toolbar to interact with the Facebook account.
The layout of the toolbar changes slightly after logging in. Lets take a look at the features offered by the Facebook toolbar.
The toolbar user is automatically logged in on Facebook as well, as long as the login in the toolbar stays active. One of the most interesting features of the toolbar are notifications of activities on Facebook.
The toolbar options define which notifications will be displayed to the logged in user. Notifications are divided into user and friend notifications.
All of the notifications in the list above can be enabled or disabled individually. It is furthermore possible to switch from toolbar notifications windows to built-in Firefox notifications.
The Facebook Toolbar is available for Microsoft Internet Explorer and Mozilla Firefox.
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