Archive for October, 2009

Twilight Saga New Moon

October 29th, 2009

Check out the new, interactive Twilight Saga: New Moon widget

The Twilight Saga: New Moon widget allows readers to log in and register as Team Edward or Jacob and then see where other fans are in their area and how the nation is split between the two teams. It also has lots of downloads and a countdown so the fans know how long they have left to wait!

Twilight Saga: New Moon/widget

early Google Wave Gadgets

October 26th, 2009

If you haven’t yet heard of Google Wave…you may need to peek out of the tech cave and have a look around!

Google Wave has been billed as an “email killer” and as such, has some pretty huge shoes to fill.

Developers interested in the phenomenon of Google Wave have started to add increased functionality to Wave in the form of “Wave Gadgets” (“Gadget” is Google for “widget”)

I thought it would be interesting to write about them in the early stages of Wave development and then re-visit this topic later on to see the progress.

Here are some of the first Google Wave Gadgets: (from the gallery)

Lee Stone – Sep 20, 2009


Emoticony is a robot for Google Wave which replaces text representations of emoticons with the relevant image. There are currently over 50 different emoticons available, with this number continuing to grow. Look out for themed emoticons focused around specific events (Halloween, Christmas etc.) More details can be found at:

Map Gadget
Pamela Fox – Oct 23, 2009


Lets users edit a map together, adding markers and polys with titles and descriptions. Users can also search for addresses and businesses and add those.

Check out a video tutorial of the Map Gadget on Youtube.

Craigslist Searchy
Vincent Etter – Oct 21, 2009

Craigslist Searchy is a Google Wave robot that monitors results of a given search on Craigslist. It simply takes the URL of the results page of a search on Craigslist, and adds each result item (with its title, date, text, and pictures) to the wave, in a separate blip. The bot includes code to update the Wave when new results are found, but it is not yet functioning due to API issues.

Vincent Etter – Oct 19, 2009


IMDbotty replaces links to movies on IMDb with a small gadget that displays useful information about the movie (title, year, rating, cover, director(s), actors).

Ben Griffiths – Oct 17, 2009


A simple like/dislike gadget that can be added to a blip for intuitive user rating. It tells you how many people have liked, how many have disliked, and what you selected. You can also change your selection.

Map Cluster Gadget
Pamela Fox – Oct 15, 2009

wave_map cluster

Lets each participant locate themselves on the map, and clusters all the locations.

Here is a huge list of more Google Wave Gadgets on DocStoc.
If, after viewing all the cool possibilities for Google Wave, you are interested in creating your own Wave Gadgets, here is a good place to start.
Wave Extension Design Principles

I can’t wait to see what else is in store for Google Wave. Stay tuned!

So Long Widgets Lab, Thanks For Everything

October 25th, 2009

I had a great time at this Blog. Enough for me to have written 900 posts for it (875 published) as Widgets Lab Lead Blogger and at one point in time i can say i saw it grow 10 times the size in reach from when i started in it.

But today i say thanks for everything to Derek Anderson, Thanks for everything to all Widgets Lab readers for having me and writing to me via comments and e-mail.

I don’t want to promote myself here, so if you want to find me just look for me at Twitter (@AvatarX)

So Long and Goodbye.

I leave the floor to my friend Derek.

blipbomb video comments widget

October 22nd, 2009


blipBomb lets you add video comments to almost any page.

By “any page” they mean that you can record a comment using your webcam and blipbomb, then paste the resulting code into the comments section of your favorite social site.
Facebook and MySpace are supported as well as a bunch of others. I assume with the proper permissions, you can post video comments to blogs as well.


Here is a screen capture of what a blipbomb video comment looks like. (I’ll also post a random working comment from the blipbomb site…but I assume that users can delete these, so…)



blipbomb and blipback are creations of which bills itself as “Social Media Software To Go”. smells like widgets to me!

Check out blipbomb and blipback for video commenting and to maybe drop a video comment into Facebook once in awhile!

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