Archive for July, 2007

Feevy: Dynamic Blogroll Sidebar Widget

July 30th, 2007

Feevy

Feevy offering is not something new, we have seen quite a lot of the idea, but as the web 2.0 has made us learn, is all about execution and the design sporting that execution, and that is what makes Feevy a good thing in the very saturated niche of Feed related widgets.

Feevy main idea is that regular Blogrolls are boring and don`t have as good results as they could have if they were well designed, so they have created a Sidebar Script based widget where you can sport your preferred blogs in a sequence of pleasant to look badges, you can add up to 9 slots in your sidebar widget, and they will be changing as any of the blogs in the sidebar updates, it allows you to have an icon, excerpt and a link to the post and the blog in the badge, you can customize in two colors or a liquid css version that will mirror the look of your blog and you can also syndicate your feevy blogroll for anyone to see in Feevy Site.

The widget is of course intended as a blog only widget, and it offers more options and convenience for WordPress users by having a proper plugin and that it was designed thinking in that platform first or so it seems.

Feevy is a project from Las indias Electronicas, a Spanish org/company and they also offer the code for feevy to anyone that wants to create their feevy service on their own

I see feevy as something more valuable to either small Blogs, Team blogs or Small Blog networks than anything else, the execution is still good and it deserves a try.

Feevybadge

you can check how a full fledged Feevy sidebar looks in their Blog

Feevy.com

RSSmixer

July 30th, 2007

RSSmixer.com

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Cool!

RSSmixer combines all your feeds into one. Then you can view them on the RSSmixer site. You can also create a widget for your blog , Apple Dashboard or the iPhone. The web widget allows you to share what you read via RSS with all of the visitors to your blog. They can copy your feeds for their own if they desire.

I have too many feeds

If you are like me, you have more feeds than you can keep up with. (or barely keeping up) Putting all of these feeds into a widget seems almost comical. There is no way every post from all of your feeds can be displayed. So what happens is you get a few of the most recent and they are linked to the RSSmixer site, where all the rest of your feeds have been remixed.

What makes it tick?

The web widget uses iFrame HTML for the programming. There are no multiple choice options for customizing this widget. What you see is what you get. If you don’t mind editing the code you can change many aspects of this widget. Most of the CSS is there to be tweaked to your liking.

Sell your stuff, 3 widgets to do it

July 30th, 2007

E-commerce, and in specific, E-store widgets have been one of the commercial high hopes for many,from vendors who want a easy way to sell their stuff, to publishers who want easier options to gain some extra cash from commissions and even to users, who want hassle free ways to buy while they do their regular blog or social network surfing, because unless you haven`t noticed, it is quite the rage since last year.

And here 3 options for such easier ways of selling something in a widget:

Blinkcart

blinkcart

Blinkcart is a fairly new service that truly relies in the widget they are offering as their main focus, the widget can be posted to either social networks like myspace or blogging platforms, the blinkcart widget is really more of a gateway widget in the form of a “add to cart” button, like the ones used by paypal in the merchant options, what is the main difference then?. well, it is easier to set and you can pretty much place it anywhere as the examples in the blinkcart page shows. i named it a gateway solution because the e-store service is not yet entirely complete. you can easily build your store with it, place the button along the pic of the product you are looking to sell, then the customer can click the “add to cart” and a lightbox will appear without leaving the page to add the product, with the option to continue shopping, that will close the lightbox so the customer can continue shopping, but once the checkout process is done, a new tab or window will open taking it away from your page into a landing page to end the buy, that page offers logo customization. however i don`t agree with it, simply because, how hard it was to do it inside the lightbox in the first place?.

Another reason for me to be nitpicky even if the service seems to work flawlessly, is because it goes from 12$ to 59$ a month, with no free option at all. since i do know paypal merchant services very well, i can`t really figure out besides some minor conveniences how is this better than paypal?, paypal will charge you by transaction, but you only pay if you sell. in blinkcart case, you still need to pay 12-59 dlls a month, no matter what, without knowing what other terms could apply next.

Blinkcart allows you to sell your stuff, and get commission to sell products you choose too.

So, in resume, blinkcart needs to be even more convenient, more transparent and offer more widget options to really have something going on.

they do have proper demos, you can check the one for blogger here

Blinkcart

Rightcart

rightcart

Rightcart was pretty much the first venture to go for the e-store widget all the way, the promise is simple,they give you “add to cart” buttons for you to put in your blog or website and they also provide a end to it all same page e-commerce transaction without your visitors having to leave your page during the whole process, and it does deliver such a promise, pretty much the only inconsistencies exist in the service itself, not the widget that is pretty much fantastic. the widget is given in the sole form of a full sidebar widget, something that eliminates any chance from getting any action in most social networks.

It allows you to sell your stuff, and to sell others by commission, the only problem it has is that sometimes it fails to do the transaction, sometimes the buttons are quite slow to respond and it charges a commission that can be actually more expensive that using paypal Merchant solution.

But they only charge you by transaction, there is no monthly fee and as i said, it is a integrated solution.

So, the only thing rightcart needs to get better is improve the reliability, more size/settings options for the widget so it has a chance to take advantage of the social network market, and maybe a “start small” option so it only expands when someone clicks a “add to cart” button.

Everything you need to know or see, is at the rightcart homepage, i would give the blog url too but at the moment of writing this, the rightcart blog seems down.

Rightcart

Flogd

flogd

Flogd is the newest entry in this niche of e-stores in a widget space and they have come up with quite a different approach from the other options presented before, and that is because the widget is in flash, something not really rare for all kinds of widgets, since it is the easiest form to spread a widget around anywhere, and that is what they are going for with this widget, the entire action of your browsing and purchase happens inside the widget like with Rightcart, no need to go elsewhere with it, and it can be placed around in any social network and blog given is done in flash.

And there is something more to it that can make it extremely tempting, it is free to use.

The only thing that people seems worry about is the security and how trusted the company can be with the data. well, some of those concerns are resolved Here and as one of the founders says in that post it is all about of perception and the fear of new. so i may try this flogd widget myself down the line once it has evolved a little more.

One of the things needed before it can gain adoption is also to offer a sidebar widget version of it and even the option to get fully customized versions for full branding convenience.

You can see a video of how to create your widget, you can see the screencast in Flogd homepage and a sample of the actual functional widget.

Flogd

And here you got them , these are the very best examples of e-stores in a widget you will find so far, from the early competitor to the new novel flash based and daring try.

Any of them can do the job of providing you a easy e-commerce experience, but one thing that is sure, is that they are meant for the casual and medium sellers for the most part. since a full fledged web 2.0 e-store system is yet to come, it is needed some kid of special layout and a easy to add system like the one in these widgets. however, i believe that the real innovation for a full e-store solution in a widget is entirely possible to do, just not in the way they have been done so far, i think that such widgets will arrive thanks to Silverlight, AIR and even Javafx. but in the meantime the best you can do if you are interested in easy e-commerce is to check the options listed here.

Naked widget…yes that means no clothes

July 27th, 2007

Naked Blog News

Many people would like to create simple widgets that deliver information on a topic that interests them. But sometimes it isn’t point blank obvious how to do this. It’s pretty simple using existing tools that are completely free and don’t even require a registration.


For more widgets please visit www.yourminis.com

(widget has built in code so friends can copy your widget)

Here I have used Yourminis RSS widget to display an RSS feed from Google Blog Search. I went to Google Blog Search and typed in the keywords Nudity and Naked. The search returns all blog postings recently crawled by Google that include those terms. Then I just grabbed the RSS address and popped it into the RSS widget, tweaked some minor settings such as height/width and color. Then I grabbed the code and pasted it here for you to see.

This is about 5 minutes work. The longest part of this process is generally deciding what topics to search. My next attempt will be naked images or video. I can’t wait !

This story is designed to generate interest. Nudity is interesting but this is really about how to create a widget that delivers the information you want. I just picked nudity for the fun of it.

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