useKit is setting about doing just that, building a bottom-of-the-browser toolbar that simplifies a number of tasks that you already do.
Want to translate a snippet of text on a page that you just cannot decipher? UseKit can do that. Want to get a map for that address without leaving the page? UseKit can do that as well.
If you register (simple, no cost), you get a bit more functionality, and your bar will look like this:
As you can see, useKit does sticky notes, page marking, translation, CrunchBase lookup, Delicious tagging, Twitter, mapping, and sharing.
Not a bad list of capabilities from the little add-on. Best of all: it works in Chrome (at least the latest Dev build). The other half of the bar lets you hide the bar, and log in and out. It looks like this:
All questions aside, why doesn’t AdaptiveBlue just buy this product? I am sure that Glue could use a few things that this product has, and the teams seem to share design ethics. Just a thought.
If you do find yourself translating, mapping, or tweeting quite a bit, give useKit a try.