Posts Tagged ‘igoogle’

Viral Content Widget from BuzzFeed

January 8th, 2010


BuzzFeed.com tracks everything thats currently HOT on the Internet and everything that’s about to become HOT!

They have a customizable JavaScript widget (seen below) that can be configured to show a number of the latest topics. Custom colors and sizes with image size choices as well.
WordPress Plugin and PHP/PERL scripts are also available.

There’s even a static image badge if you want to promote BuzzFeed. (hmmm…doesn’t static mean non-changing? This image changes.)

BuzzFeed Tracks the Web’s Obsessions in Real Time.

We feature the kind of things you’d want to pass along to your friends: an outrageous video that’s about to go viral, an obscure subculture breaking into the mainstream, a juicy bit of gossip that everyone at the office will be talking about tomorrow, or an ordinary guy having his glorious 15-minutes of fame. And when you read BuzzFeed, you’ll always know the movies, music, and products that are on the rise and worth your time.

…and BuzzFeed wouldn’t forget all of those that don’t have websites to paste widgets into. So they have created a mountain of options for those of us that simply don’t want the hassle of maintaining a website.

# Apple Dashboard
# Yahoo Desktop
# NetVibes
# iGoogle
# PageFlakes

Whats curiously missing is a BuzzFeed app for the iPhone. You can always point your mobile browser to http://m.buzzfeed.com/ but I’, sure its just not as good as an actual BuzzFeed app could be.

iGoogle Social Gadgets

August 22nd, 2009

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Google truly surprises me with their widget/gadget strategy that seems to encompass everything.

The last big thing was of course Google Web Elements. Not really a new-new thing, just a big update to what before was limited and known as Google Gadgets for Web.

Then they quickly finally added the final touches and retouches to the whole shareable, collaborative aspect of iGoogle and its Gadgets.  Something that actually started over a year ago.

Now they are announcing it with the benefit of finally not only have ended the work on that front but also with the added plus of a lot of third party iGoogle Gadgets making use of this.

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What is truly different is that they now got Google Friend Connect so they are now also going to be doing a activity based friend update stream just like in Facebook and Windows Live but directly connected to the iGoogle Gadgets. This change is a clear sign of Google wanting a share of the pie of what Facebook and Windows Live does while doing it in their own way. the result is admirable and well executed. but considering it was over a year in the making and based on a foundation that got several years already in place. It had to be. I think it maybe time for a new not so quick look to Google and its Gadget Strategy.

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10 Financial Google Gadgets for iGoogle

August 10th, 2009

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Don Reisinger over at CNET got a pretty cool list of 10 Financial Google Gadgets for iGoogle that is worth checking out. Not a more “on topic” thing to post when the world is in a ongoing economic recession…. 😉

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10 iGoogle gadgets for tracking financial data

Firefox iGoogle Gadget Sidebar

June 10th, 2009

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Just like there are people that seems to love Toolbars and get enough of those, there are other who love to use sidebar for everything.  in this case a iGoogle Sidebar sound like a actually good reason to use one. if you have screen state (1400×900+) and you use Firefox as your Main Browser that is.

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This is the iGoogle Gadget Sidebar and it comes as a extension for FireFox that will format your iGoogle Gadget into their small forms and in a single scrollable column in automatic form.

This results in a good way to be able to check your weather widget have your Google services at a very close reach without having to keep your iGoogle startpage in a tab all day. The iGoogle Gadget Sidebar works with most of iGoogle Gadgets and it is such a good idea that there should be a option for Iron and Chrome where it makes even more sense to offer it. would be great to have in IE8 for that matter, so if i see it elsewhere, i will post on it.

iGoogle Gadget Sidebar for Firefox

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