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Sunday, November 30, 2003

Even eBay Has a Toolbar

What's the world coming to? It seems that everybody and their brother has a toolbar these days. While bidding on some Mark Twain memorabilia, I noticed a tiny link to the eBay Toolbar. How neat. It does exactly what you might think it would do:

"Alerts
Get notifications right on your desktop just before an auction ends -- this could be the difference between winning and losing!

Simple (yet powerful) Search
Whether you want to do a simple title search or a more extensive title & description search within a particular category, eBay Toolbar lets you do it with a single click.

Watch, Bid and Win
Track items you're watching, those you've bid on, and those you've won, all in one place."

This goofy toolbar craze is pretty fun to watch. It all started, I believe, when Yahoo released its Companion, which had shortcuts to all of Yahoo's services, and was customizable so that you could see only the buttons you wanted. Then, Google made everyone take notice of toolbars when it debuted its own add-on to Internet Explorer that allowed you to tap into Google's massive and massively popular search engine.

Since then, just about every search engine launched toolbars of their own, but the toolbar mania isn't just for search engines and portals, as evidenced by eBay's bar.

Hmm, it's the holidays, and I'm addicted to Amazon.com. I wonder if they have one? :) I sure hope not. I spend enough money there, and I'm afraid that anything that makes it even easier to shop Amazon.com would be dangerous to the pocketbook!

Posted by Cory Kleinschmidt




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