We use cookies to provide you with a better experience. If you continue to use this site, we'll assume you're happy with this. Alternatively, click here to find out how to manage these cookies

hide cookie message
80,258 News Articles

Facebook Internet Explorer toolbar now available

IE version comes two months after Firefox toolbar

Facebook has unveiled an Internet Explorer version of its browser toolbar, about two months after shipping one for Firefox.

In addition, Facebook is offering both toolbars in 16 new languages: Arabic, Chinese (simple and traditional), Danish, Dutch, German, Spanish (Spain and international), French, Hebrew, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese (Brazilian), Swedish and Turkish. Previously, the Firefox toolbar was only available in English.

The toolbars provide links to various Facebook sections, including the user's home page, inbox and friend profiles, and display the number of friend requests, inbox messages, status updates and invitations the user hasn't yet checked out. With the toolbar, Facebook users can also share content with their friends and upload photos.

Facebook is also simultaneously releasing the source code for both toolbar versions, so that developers can modify and adapt them as they wish.

The IE toolbar is the latest move by the company to let its members interact with Facebook when they aren't on the site. For example, Facebook has started allowing members to post messages to the site via email.

Not that Facebook is anywhere close to suffering from a lack of user engagement. On the contrary, usage metrics for Facebook rose significantly across the board in 2009, compared with 2008, comScore reported last week.

For example, unique visitors in the US reached almost 112 million last December, up 105 percent compared with December 2008, making Facebook the fourth-most-popular site in the country.

Also, on average, 37.7 million people visited the site per day, up 181 percent, and viewed a total of almost 45 billion pages during the month, up 151 percent.

Overall, Facebook users spent almost 28 billion minutes on the site, almost triple the time in December 2008 and giving Facebook a seven percent share of time spent online in the US in general.

Total visits more than tripled to almost 3.1 billion, comScore said.

Broadband speed test

See also: Fake antivirus scam hits Facebook


IDG UK Sites

Best Black Friday 2014 tech deals: Get bargains on smartphones, tablets, laptops and more

IDG UK Sites

What the Internet of Things will look like in 2015: homes will get smarter, people might get fitter

IDG UK Sites

See how Trunk's animated ad helped Ade Edmondson plug The Car Buying Service

IDG UK Sites

Yosemite tips: Complete Guide to OS X Yosemite