If you’re feeling nostalgic for the “old web,” watch this video is from Logically Answered.
Remember toolbars? In the 2000s, toolbars were everywhere. You had toolbars for search, eCommerce, torrents, shortcuts, and basically everything else under the sun. And who could forget bloatware toolbars that would get installed when you were trying to install something completely different. Fun fact, Google’s own toolbar was bundled in with a bunch of other software, and it was what largely put Google on the map originally. But, over the years, toolbars have basically completely disappeared. It’s easy to write this off as just technology that was no longer useful and for the most part obsolete but there’s actually much more to the story. You see, both the rise and fall of toolbars can be attributed to a single company that had more control over toolbars than any other: Google. When Google launched Chrome, they no longer needed people to use their toolbars or any toolbar for that matter. So, they simply didn’t support toolbars, and as people slowly moved over to Chrome, toolbars completely faded away. This video tells the story of the rise and fall of toolbars and Google’s massive role in the whole ordeal.