Is That Toolbar Actually Useful?

An awful lot of websites have started adding these silly toolbars to the bottoms of their pages. Mashable, CNET, and many small WordPress blogs now have them, and I often wonder if they actually provide users with any real function. (TechCrunch had used the same Meebo toolbar as Mashable, but they seemed to have removed it.)



I find the toolbars to be pretty much useless, and  distracting as I try to read. What’s the point?

Are there any users that actually utilize the functionality offered by the JavaScript toolbars? If you have one and don’t see a quantifiable positive reaction from your users, ditch it. If your users find it useful, by all means, keep it. Soliciting feedback would probably be a good idea with something as obtrusive.