Pretty cool. And I see from the "Custom Search" example that they haven't given up on Knol yet. :-)
I use the enhanced search already, it actually gives a nice return too.
Ye gollies! More crap to insert here and there. When it it end? (Never, of course!)
I can see some handy niche uses but mostly it is going to be used by those with no design sense overloading their sites with irrelevant rubbish.
How is this different from Google Gadgets?
Unfortunately even the most standard CMS or Blog systems allow you to create these options. Personally, after the latest outage by Google of its services, I'm slightly loathed to put any of this stuff in my website unless it's hosted and held on my server.
In obscure Googlese, the "answer" is:
|How do elements differ from gadgets? |
Elements are Google-created objects that let you embed Google products and services, such as Maps, News, and Web Search, on your own sites. Gadgets are created by Google and by third-party developers, and offer a wide variety of content and services.
Slowly but surely the machine walks on. This is great for quickly adding extra functionality on simple websites. A part from that, not much use.
|This is great for quickly adding extra functionality on simple websites. |
I'd guess there are millions of simple Web sites that don't have developers to add features like these. Sounds like a great way for Google to continue building Webmaster loyalty and brand awareness.
People laughed when Get Smart put a phone in his shoe. 20 years later, everybody started walking around with mobile phones and ten years after that, tiny itty bitty cell phones.
These little embed web-toys are laughable now, but 20 years from now, we will all be walking around with calenders embeded in our foreheads.
[edited by: Slinger at 11:46 pm (utc) on June 4, 2009]