Posts Tagged ‘myspace’

Netvibes Drag & Follow Widget Modules For Twitter, Facebook And Myspace

July 27th, 2009

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Netvibes looks to be finally adding small new features once a month again. Or at least that is what i hope for so we can keep them in the loop longer. The new small feature they introduced is a feature called “Drag & Follow” to the Twitter, Facebook and Myspace Widget Modules. This feature allows you to follow the update from a specific user from those specific stream by dragging the username out of the widget. This creates another widget instantly focused on the updates of that user.

But if you want to read it from Netvibes own words, this is how they explain it:

With the rapid growth of real-time content and activity feeds from sources like Facebook and Twitter, many people are struggling to keep track of multiple friends and interests that change day-to-day. Today, we launched a novel solution and industry first: drag-and-follow widgets. New Facebook, MySpace and Twitter widgets now enable users to instantly create new widgets to follow new interests simply by dragging and dropping any feed item to their personalized page.

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via Netvibes  Blog

How to build a widget – Creating the widget

December 26th, 2008

[Part 3 in a 5 part series titled “How to build a widget]

You thought of an idea.  You chose the tech.  Now it is time to get busy.

Part 3) – Creating the widget. 

Widgets are self contained mini-websites and have to be treated the same way you would go about creating a website. 

[Quick definitions:  The “widget user” refers to the person grabbing the widget, while the “page visitor” refers to the person viewing the widget on the widget user’s page/blog] 

First, determine if the widget will be static or dynamic.

Static widgets are widgets that are exactly the same for every widget user that grabs the widget code.  An election countdown widget would be an example of a static widget.  The widget developer (you) only has to create the desired effect and code it without relying on any dynamic data. 

Dynamic widgets are widgets that change for each widget user embedding the code.   MyVGift.com is an example of a dynamic widget.  The widget user is each assigned a unique ID that is rendered to the object tag at the time of the web page is served.  The widget then uses the ID to pull data from a web service to determine the widget user’s Virtual Gift list.

Static widgets are normally less complicated and can be deployed without much complication.  Dynamic widgets require external sources supporting and possibly storing data for the widget.

Whichever widget type you choose is entirely up to you.  There have been extremely succesfull widgets that are static:  Maukie the virtual cat and dynamic:  RateItAll

Maukie the virtual cat

Maukie the virtual cat

Second,  allow customization.

Someones blog or Myspace page is an expression of themselves.  Why would they want to install your ugly neon pink widget on their green background Myspace page?  Give widget users the ability to customize the size/shape/skin/wording of your widget.  Page visitors do not want to have your widget stand out (in a bad way) on the widget users page.  Give the widget users the option to allow the widget to blend into the look and feel of their site.

Finally,  make your widget friendly to the widget’s users page/blog.  This means make it small and available. 

Nobody wants to install a widget on their blog that is 2.3 megs.  This will kill the experience for the page visitor.  Generally try to make your widget size under 100K.  Also make sure you host your widget on a respectable server.  Your widget is going to be served up every time the widget user’s page is served.  This is orders of magnitude more times then if you were just hosting a web site on your server.  If a widget user installs your widget and gets 3k hits a day on their site, then the widget has to be able to be served up 3k times without any slowdown (plus support all of the other widget users).     

Next – Part 4 - Deploying the widget.

Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 | Part 5

MySpace Primetime: Hulu As MySpace Exclusive Social Network Widget

December 1st, 2008

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Hulu got a great momentum and it being first on primetime video programming make it a shoe in to be close to unreachable to other trying to follow its footsteps. in the same way that nothing is going to catch up to YouTube being the #1 source for online video in general.

One of the partners in the creation and operation of  Hulu is Media Corp, MySpace owner. so it is a no brainer for MySpace to give out Hulu a extra hand to become truly commonplace by exposing it to its 200 million userbase via it`s App Platform with MySpace Primetime. a Social Network Hulu Media Widget for MySpace.

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This allows any MySpace user to put Hulu Content in their Profile page. the widget is very robust and works exactly as a hulu mini-site or Hulu in Widget form. My complains about it is the design and form factor of the widget.

I hope this is just a trail of MySpace Primetime and not its final form. it needs to evolve with a more pleasant design and it also needs more versions of the widget to make it easier to integrate without it taking too much space.  add some better customization and you have something really special just like Hulu own Video Badge Widgets.

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Oosah Media Display Widgets

November 24th, 2008

Oosah is a Media (Photos,Video and Audio) File Storage and Management service that offers a whooping 1TB of storage for free. This huge amount has garnered some skepticism, mine included because every service in the past who has ever offered big space for free just like that ends up in bankrupt in a year or less. This has not happened to Oosah and it is maybe because they not popular yet. and while i still find hard to believe that their Freemium + Ads business model will hold them for the long haul with such a huge amount of storage they are giving away. they look to have a utility and user hosted media content angle they want to build on for the future. part of this is with their Widgets.

If you are not really interested in their hosting service yet and just want to try out what Oosah Widgets can offer you. they got a public RSS Widget creator for Myspace, Twitter, YouTube, Flickr and Craiglist.

These can show you what Widgets you can get with your own files if you join Oosah.

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You count with 3 layouts for your Oosah Widgets and these will be able to show your photos, videos and play your audio files.

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So the Oosah Widgets are all about Display of Media. it is a interesting approach in the sense they are a file hosting solution first and not a file sharing solution or Widget Service solution.  they could be compared to DivShare (now dead) and to Badongo that while no longer as popular as it once was it continues to be on service but unlike Oosah it also serves as a file sharing solution too and accepts all kind of files and not only media files.

So. Oosah is more like Divshare with a little of Orb. some nice widgets to use that serve as a plus if you are using their hosting service and as good and nice widgets for the before mentioned web services. The thing they do fail at is that there is no High Spread Sharing module for the widgets. in this case Oosah needs as much momentum and brand awareness as possible and they are not going to archive it with a simple embed code option. i wish them luck but the real test will be to see if they manage to be around in six months from now.

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Oosah RSS Widgets

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