Toolbars to each site

    So for some reason it happened that only large sites make their toolbars in RuNet. And even that is not all. Anyway, everyone around here thinks that toolbars are evil.

    In the West, this is not so at all. Many webmasters consider the toolbar a necessary tool to increase traffic and return the audience to the site. For the convenience of creating personal toolbars, there are even special services, toolbar designers - for example, Around such services there are whole ecosystems of webmasters - which not only affect the quality of the created toolbars, but also earn money on their toolbars.

    But in Runet, for some reason, all this is not.
    No personal toolbars.
    No design services.
    No communities.
    No money.

    So we decided to fix this situation.

    And they made Metabar - the first designer of toolbars in Runet.

    What Metabar already knows Metabar

    can create toolbars with just a few mouse clicks. In just a few minutes, the service will allow the webmaster without programming to assemble a personal toolbar specifically for his audience, add the key elements of his website to it and start offering a toolbar to his visitors.

    The webmaster can:
    - install its buttons on the toolbar - links to sections of its website,
    - place its logo,
    - start broadcasting its news in the user's browser,
    - add informers for popular Russian Internet services to its toolbar,
    - update already installed toolbars for users (add new buttons) without reinstalling the software on the user side.

    In his toolbar, the webmaster can change everything - except deleting the search bar on the Internet. On the fact that such a line will be in every toolbar, we subsequently hope to make money ourselves and give it to webmasters-partners - do not blame us for this.

    As a result of the assembly, an imaginary toolbar for a site such as, for example,, might look something like this: We create a system where the appearance of the toolbar is limited only by the imagination of the webmaster. What's next

    Honestly, right now we still have little functionality for the production of full-fledged toolbars for webmasters. The metabar creates toolbars only for Firefox so far, the webmaster cannot yet write his own button for the site with his custom functionality, we do not yet support Yandex XButton. Today's announcement for us is the result of just a few months of work.

    The next big step for us is to make sure that site owners not only make good toolbars for their audience, but also know how to make money on it.
    We are working on it.

    Well, in addition, in the near future:
    - toolbar versions for major browsers (IE - just around the corner),
    - API for website owners - the ability to create your own buttons,
    - Support for iGoogle and Yandex homepage widgets (we almost can do this already).

    For those who don’t have a website It’s

    corny, but when we did Metabar, we wanted to first of all make such a tool for the tool, which the entire service team and all our friends would be ready to use. Including those who hate toolbars :).

    An obvious problem with Runet toolbars is that one person usually uses not only Google, or, say, VKontakte, but many popular services at the same time. Therefore, even those who really like toolbars as a tool for working with the Internet are forced to put them several at once. As a result, it turns out that toolbars clutter up the browser workspace (sometimes even like this: ) and begin to cause irritation for everyone.

    In order to somehow solve this problem, we began to build a library of Runet widgets for Metabar. And now, every user - even one who does not have a website - can create a toolbar for himself in 1 minute, where at the same time there will be an informer of new letters in Gmail, Yandex.Mail and Mail .ru, the number of new tweets of his friends, new posts in friends and Livejournal and Liveinternet, weather and traffic jams Yandex. As in the case of the service for webmasters, here we are at the very beginning of the way - not all widgets work stably, and the list of widgets is still short.
    Anyone who tells us exactly what mass Runet services he lacks, and what exactly works badly or incorrectly with us, we will be grateful.

    In the meantime, test our library! We also have reasons for pride there. For example, an account switch for Google, which can do this:

    What do we want from the Habr audience

    First of all, we want a feedback. We want to make a really convenient and massive tool that will change the attitude towards the toolbars in Runet. We will be glad not only to spontaneous comments like “disgusting and slows down!”, But also to those users who agree to test us and communicate with us on a regular basis (if there are any, write in the comments).

    Secondly, we will be happy for those site owners who did not have the standard Metabar functionality to create a toolbar for their audience. Write us requests for custom functionality! We have a small team, and we do not promise that we will be able to fulfill all the requests at once, but - we will try.

    Thirdly, we want to make a good library of Runet widgets, so we accept ideas for new widgets, and we will be happy to talk with those who will be ready to help us implement these ideas. The tools for this are almost ready.

    Fourth, thanks for reading this post to the end.

    Metabar Team

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