Thursday, October 05, 2006

Google Gadgets Set Free

John A first sent me this a couple of days ago. This is huge! It will allow small web-sites to add some very cool functionality on their sites. I don't know what the business model is but Google can afford to figure it out later. They have clearly leapfrogged microsoft, apple, yahoo, etc. with this. I think it should have a Google Maps kind of effect!

Formerly trapped largely in Google Desktop, more than 1200 Google Gadgets (widgets) were set free today for embedding in any web page. Site publishers can now make it even easier for their visitors to get driving directions, view Picasa photo albums or play hang-man. (Ok, how about a multi-video player widget, live sports scores or a police and fire map from Widgets are going to be everywhere next year, as they help non-technical site publishers pull in rich, dynamic data from all around the web and place it on one page. There should be even more interesting Gadgets on the way; the Google Gadgets Awards for Students contest ends November 1st and is being judged by people like Chris Anderson of Long Tail fame and Commander Taco from Slashdot.

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