As promised, the team at Netvibes, the very popular customizable homepage, has released the developer preview of their Universal Widget API (UWA). Widgets developed using this API work not only on Netvibes but many other widget platforms and blog systems: Google IG, Apple Dashboard, and so on. It also includes the ability to widgetize any RSS feed. A good way to learn more is with this set of screenshots and screencast.
You can see our updated Netvibes API entry here.
In April the UWA runtime will be released as open-source and the Netvibes ecosystem will accept UWA widgets natively. For more on the UWA announcement, see the official Netvibes blog.
We’ve listed the first mashup using this new API: the Netvibes Digg widget. This widget will display the latest items from the Digg website. You can change its preferences to point to change the minimum number of diggs and count of displayed items. More than just RSS, it displays both the item content and images.