The Value of Google Gadgets

John Musser, March 1st, 2007

Yesterday’s post highlighted some widget-related links but here’s another one worth checking-out: The Value of Google Gadgets, a fascinating dose of metrics from Adam Sah of the Google Gadgets team. Besides noting that developers have created nearly 4000 gadgets created in a year (we have one), Google now shows you alongside each gadget the approximate [...]


Widgets and Pipes Links

John Musser, February 28th, 2007

Just a quick post on some good recent links on widgets and Pipes. First off, with 11 widget APIs listed at ProgrammableWeb and thousands of widgets created to run on them, widgets are something you’ll be hearing more about here.

Tracking the DIY phenomenon Part 1 and Part 2: Dion Hinchcliffe gives a good run-down of [...]


Mashup of the Day Gadget

John Musser, December 11th, 2006

If you’re here on the ProgrammableWeb site or subscribing to this blog there’s a pretty good chance you have at least a passing interest in what new and notable in the mashup space. Now there’s another way for you to see what’s happening: the handy new Mashup of the Day Google gadget (known internally as [...]


Best New Mashups: War, Spam and Disease

John Musser, December 8th, 2006

Time once again to see what’s most interesting from the latest set of mashups. And, as you can see from the post’s title, a bit more serious in the subject matter this round. First some general ProgrammableWeb metrics: 1337 total, 174 in the past 30 days, and a 30 day average of 5.80/day. Mapping as [...]


Widgets Live and SpringWidgets

John Musser, November 7th, 2006

The one-day Widgets Live event was held yesterday in San Francisco. The very worthwhile event was put together by Naill Kennedy and Om Malik as a way to bring together the players, products and developers in the “emerging widget economy”. As they note “Web pages have gotten smaller, included as components within the desktop, personal [...]


Google Gadgets Anywhere

John Musser, October 4th, 2006

With Google’s announcement yesterday it is now possible for any site to directly include Google gadgets. This frees those gadgets from being available only within Google Desktop and Google Homepage. A smart move by Google. Looks like the widgetization of the web is picking-up speed.

As a side note, Mashable’s Pete Cashmore points out that that [...]


Mashup Contests and the diGGGadget

John Musser, September 19th, 2006

Continuing from yesterday’s note on mashup contest news, there are more contest happenings: Google recently announced the winners for their desktop gadgets contest for mashups built using their Google Desktop API. Lots of entries there as well. Winner is the handy diGGGadget that brings Digg directly on your desktop: “Browse all the topics and categories. [...]


Google Desktop Gadget Contest

John Musser, June 30th, 2006

Another API developer contest has launched: Google’s Desktop Gadget Contest. Here’s how they describe it:

Do you have what it takes to create a great Google Desktop Gadget? Have you been waiting for some motivation to prove it? Well, good news — the Google Desktop Gadget Contest is here to spur you into brilliant action.
The contest [...]


Gadgets at Microsoft Search Champs

John Musser, January 27th, 2006

This week Microsoft hosted their Search Champs v4 event in Redmond where they invited an interesting group of people in to preview search-related products, strategy, and more in order to get some very direct feedback. I was there and although some of what was discussed was under tight NDA some things weren’t. One of [...]


Desktop Widgets

John Musser, October 17th, 2005

One of the things I haven’t added to the API database has been what might be classified as Desktop Widgets or other client-dependent APIs. Examples of these include:

Google Desktop Search
Serence Klip
Yahoo Konfabulator
Yahoo Music Engine
MSN Messenger Activity SDK
Skype

Most use online data but they require an OS-specific desktop install as opposed to being pure web-based platforms. [...]


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