Posts Tagged ‘iframe’

ContestMachine: run Easy Promotions, Contests or Giveaways in a Widget

September 10th, 2008

contest machine!

Automatization or simplification via widgets is something that has been targeted by widgets heavily and one of the reasons widgets are a good thing.  this has spun off automatic contact forms, list, etc. most without any real leveraging of intelligence just enabling convenience. Contestmachine wants to bring not only convenience but something intelligent too.

Contestmachine allows you to create multi tabbed widgets where you can run contests, giveaways or promotions via a widget. freeing you from the logistics, the security issues and the hassle that come with making up any of those things. they give you the form where you can ask your readers to fill info in order to get into your promotion. they lets you manage that info from the widget or manage it for you depending on what you want to do or what the scale of the contest is. it is not the same to manage a contest where 100 people entered their details in order to win but that required personal reviewing than having a context based on serving a number of spots. they are offering up 2 contests free a month and  $9 dlls a month or $90 dlls a year for their advanced offerings. this is widget marketing at is best.


But it is not just the widget, you get a customizable land page for your promotion and also customized winner e-mails with the service. any that has ever run a contest knows that while they look easy to do and they are. they can be time consuming. the goal of contestmachine is to eliminate the hassle, improve your contest efficiency all while having a good business model that you can live happy with it while using their widget. sounds good to me. my only critique of the widget would be that the widgets are too plain looking. the widgets should be more attractive looking (better design),  should be fully customizable and they should offer a High Spread Sharing module so it could be easy to use not only in blogs and site but also in social networks.


the Chatterbean Romantic Quiz widget

September 8th, 2008

Here is a nice sidebar widget that quizzes the reader on how romantic they are. I think this widget will appeal more to women bloggers out there but I can see men taking the quiz to see if what their women say is true.

The widget is written in iFrame format and has dimensions of 160px by 700px
Grab the Quiz widget here:

Your test results can also be embedded into a web page, blog or even Myspace. (I haven’t tried the Myspace embed but the code looks compatible.)

Here are my results.

You’re a hopeless romantic. You require ample doses of warmth and sentiment. You embroider your fantasies; they titillate you and lift you out of the ordinary. You’re the cockeyed optimist of song, a dreamy, maybe impractical idealist, the willing victim of infatuation.

Take the Romantic Quiz at

However, my wife will probably disagree!

FEMA Federal Hurricane Response Widget

September 3rd, 2008


With all the hurricanes coming and going in August and the ones still left to come for September raising awareness about general useful information is quite a big deal. thinking on that. there is now a Federal Hurricane Response Widget at the Homeland Security site. this is a simple iframe widget that comes in 3 predefined sizes but that looks exactly just like the one in the photo of this post. nothing fancy. just a info widget. but given the information it spreads. it is more than understandable it is so simple and also a good thing it also exists.


So go grab it if you find it it is relevant to you without worry. you can put it pretty much everywhere too. from your myspace page to your website or your blog.

FEMA Federal Hurricane Response Widget

via TC

Zoho enters the digital document game releases Zoho Share, aims at Adobe, Scribd and DocStoc

August 26th, 2008


Zoho surely not stops surprising me. they must be one the most daring companies around today. they are in the hardest spot you could be in and yet they continue to raise the bet. that is not only daring but also a little crazy. Zoho as some, if not most of you know is the Google Docs competitor.

Zoho produces what i consider the best and most complete Web Office Suite. it is way superior and more broad than Google Docs. so much that they not only say they compete with Google but are crazy enough to try to aim at the unbeatable Microsoft Office division Google  itself among big companies like Sun, Apple,Adobe and many other have failed miserably to unsettle. yet Zoho believe they can compete. they are of course wrong in the case of going against Microsoft. but they do have a nice chance of unsettling Google and Adobe. Adobe is already prepping up its own vision on what a  Web Office Suite should do. Google Docs is already dominating this space and Google takes very seriously the threat of Adobe and Zoho to their own solution that aims to hurt Microsoft. the dilemma here is that it will be even less possible for any of them to challenge Office since a competition war between the alternatives to Microsoft  is already brewing.


Zoho Share on the other hand aims to the Digital Document space. a space that is actually dominated by independent companies like Scribd and DocStoc. a space where Adobe recently entered with Adobe Share and where they are actually the underdog. the entrance of the Web Office Suites into this space was to be expected, and it is something i said back at the start of the year when i commented on one a Scribd initiative.:

This initiative is a good way too for scribd to increase their footprint and their brand. and boy if they need it. as i already said.  this space is going to get worse for them with Google Docs, Adobe Share and Office Live natural progression into this space in a way it will not leave many Startups able to compete with them. scribd truly wants to be the company left standing in case they don`t get acquired and also in case other competitors in their space survive.

Later on the Adobe Share update happened, several Google Docs updates went underway and now this unexpected entry by Zoho confirms it. i wonder how long it will take for Google to follow suite now that they are quite late to the party.


Zoho Share Digital Document Embeddables and viewer are actually quite poor. but Zoho is known for evolving fast and they now got a foot in. so l expect them to evolve fast and offer something more akin to what docstoc does instead of scribd. the site in itself is actually good already and should prove a very great addition to those already using the Zoho Office Suite and a good way to persuade more people to try them instead of Google Docs.

Zoho Share

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