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Google Inc. said on Tuesday it is making it easier to add hundreds of miniature programs to independent Web sites, in a move that brings handy features to users instead of making users rely on Google.com.
The Web search leader has jumped ahead of rivals -- such as Apple Computer Inc., Yahoo Inc. and Microsoft Corp. -- who offer mini-applets or "gadgets" when the user has installed special software on individual computer desktops.
Google Gadgets, which have previously been available for users to add to a Web user's personalised Google homepage or their own computers via Google Desktop software, are now available for Web page owners to add to their own sites.
Google Gadgets Now For Your Website [today.reuters.co.uk]
Google Inc. said on Tuesday it is making it easier to add hundreds of miniature programs to independent Web sites, in a move that brings handy features to users instead of making users rely on Google.com
Everyone, rush over and help the octopus spread it's tentacles even further.
[edited by: Web_speed at 12:09 pm (utc) on Oct. 4, 2006]
gmail,sitmap(which should not be nessesary),tools,toolbar,desktop.....
Can't really see the point for a website, the tools will be heavily Google branded and will make people think google, google and google - I want them to think buy buy buy
They're not all Google branded by any means.
Also, they're probably more tatgeted at the myspace-type homepage than an ecommerce/sales site.
(without the final trailing slash). Doing it that way gives you a different button that leads you to customizing the gadget and copying the code. The original link lets you add the gadget to your G homepage.
For the most part, these are pretty tacky.
I'll give them props for the "Bert" Terror Alert Level gadget, though.
Give it to Google to call a widget a gadget.
I was about to say "since when does Google have personalized homepages." Then I looked. How long has that "Personalized home" link been there in the upper right?
- They are ALL branded Google
- They are primarily targeted at Blogger bloggers
- Most are developed by outside developers.
The top of the widget is branded to the developer, the bottom is branded to Google. There are more than 1200 of them so far, and I expect that number to go through the roof as developers attempt to use Google for distribution.
The two things that bug me about these widgets are:
1) they are optimized for 300+ px, meaning they don't work well in sidebars
2) they are script based, meaning they won't work on MySpace or other UGC communities that allow flash / html embeds.
Couple of things I don't like.
If you click on any of the links on the gadget you are either taken to the developer's web site (what a link bonanza!) or to Google's gadget page. These new pages open in the same page NOT in a new window which means you could lose your visitor.
It's too big.
Hi-- this is Adam Sah from Google, just wanted to dispel any
conspiracy theories-- the difference between the two directories
was a technical one, because some gadgets don't work on 3rd party
sites, and I wanted to make sure people had a good experience.
For example, the Google Logo gadget depends on the particular DOM
of the Personalized Homepage and wouldn't work on other sites.
We filter out such "inline required" gadgets from this new
By adding a slash, you're confusing our servers, which ignore the
synd parameter, and you're taken the regular directory for
Thus, the correct URLs:
for Google Gadgets for Your Webpage (aka open syndication)
for gadgets to add to Personalized Hompage
(normally reached by visiting GPH and clicking the "add more
to this page" link)
architect, Google Gadgets API