How is this for popular – over 2.2 million – yes – 2.2 million – downloads of this sidebar gadget have been grabbed from the Windows 7 Personalization Gallery since May 2009.

The purpose of the gadget – just to give you a desktop interface to one of the most popular social media sites on the Internet – Facebook.


According to the gadget page on Windows Live Gallery:

The Facebook Explorer is an excellent tool to help you keep up with Facebook messages on your sidebar.

• Easy to use interface
• Set or clear status messages from the sidebar
• Check how many incoming messages you have
• View, comment, and like friend activities

After 2.2 million downloads it must be doing something right!

Download the Facebook Explorer Sidebar Gadget