10 Facebook Tabs to Add

10 Facebook Tabs to Add

Over the past month, Facebook has not so smoothly transitioned third party content from boxes to tabs on your Facebook profile page. This is best explained by example: if you had a music box on your profile page, displaying what music you’re listening to, then that box is now gone. Instead, you have the option of creating a tab for music. This…

Facebook Widgets FAIL

Facebook Widgets FAIL

In the sidebar of your Facebook profile, below information about you and your friends, you can place widgets (a.k.a. “boxes”). These typically pull in information from a third party web service – for example Twitter, a book reviews site, a music application. This is all possible thanks to a development platform which Facebook introduced…

Gigya’s Gamble: The Feed Will Surpass Search

Gigya’s Gamble: The Feed Will Surpass Search

As Internet users, we are becoming increasingly dependent on our social networks for a number of daily activities. We communicate with friends and family, share photos, invite and get invited to events and generally interact with the world around us. The social network is becoming the heart and soul of our Internet experience and Gigya will…

Top 10 Web Widgets

Top 10 Web Widgets

Widgets are mini web applications that you can insert into your website and/or social networks. They’re a popular way to add interesting third party content to your web presence. In this post we look at the top web widgets from Yola and Widgetbox. It’s clear from our analysis that widgets are well past the early adopter stage and are now very…

BookGlutton Widget: Embeddable Book Club for Your Blog or Site

BookGlutton Widget: Embeddable Book Club for Your Blog or Site

BookGlutton, a site launched in January 2008 to allow socially-enhanced online book reading, has just launched a nifty little widget. Now, blog and website owners can embed what amounts to a book club just about anywhere.

I tried it out on my own blog website (note to WordPress.com: please make it easier/possible for users to embed script widgets…

Facebook Launches Commenting Widget

Facebook Launches Commenting Widget

Facebook launched its first social widget for use outside of Facebook’s own site today: the Comments Box. The Comments Box is a comments widget that was built on top of Facebook Connect, and that will allow bloggers and publishers to easily implement a Facebook Connect enabled commenting system on their sites. A number of sites already used…

PostRank Releases Awesome New Top Posts Widget

PostRank Releases Awesome New Top Posts Widget

We love Canadian startup PostRank here at ReadWriteWeb, but today the company has really outdone itself with the release of a powerful and eye catching new widget to display your blog’s hottest posts.

PostRank scores every item in your (or any) RSS feed, by number of comments, inbound links, saves in Delicious, mentions on Twitter, votes on…

First iGoogle Banking Gadget Released By Fidelity

First iGoogle Banking Gadget Released By Fidelity

Fidelity, one of the world’s largest financial service institutions, has just launched the first iGoogle secure banking gadget for use by their tens of millions of customers. With the new Fidelity Secure Gadget, customers no longer have to visit Fidelity.com or NetBenefits.com in order to check their account balances – they can now do so right from…

Embed Whole Seasons of Hulu Shows with SplashCast

Embed Whole Seasons of Hulu Shows with SplashCast

In today’s world of DVRs and online video distribution, “prime-time television” is rapidly becoming a meaningless term. Every minute of the day is prime-time for someone. And that makes services that provide easy access to that prime-time content incredibly popular. Like Hulu, for example.

But there’s still the matter of getting people to the…

“Operation Aborted” in IE7 Because of Sitemeter

“Operation Aborted” in IE7 Because of Sitemeter

Imagine waking up and your site is inaccessible for no apparent reason. If this happens, site owners could spend a ridiculous amount of time trying to figure out what the problem is. Well welcome to that reality. Thousands of site owners have experienced this today after Sitemeter brings their sites to a halt.

Another Way to Measure Electoral Clout: Watch the Widgets

Another Way to Measure Electoral Clout: Watch the Widgets

Even though last night’s big contests in Kentucky and Oregon ended in a split decision, with big wins for both Senators Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton, most pundits now agree on who is most likely to be the Democratic nominee for president when the convention rolls around in August. Hint: it’s the candidate who has dominated nearly every…

OpenSocial or OpenGadget?

OpenSocial or OpenGadget?

Steve O’Hear (who edits our digital lifestyle blog last100) has an interesting post on his ZDNet blog that questions whether Google’s OpenSocial initiative is at all about data portability, or if in fact it really just about widget standardization. O’Hear quotes heavily from a recent article by Marc Canter, who is a strong advocate for open…

Yahoo! To Take Web Widgets to the Desktop

Yahoo! To Take Web Widgets to the Desktop

Yahoo! tonight announced the release of the latest version of the Yahoo! Widgets platform, version 4.5. For developers, the platform includes a range of new features, including the ability to use video, widgets for spreading your widgets, and better security disclosures. But the single most important new feature in this release is a…

Ticketmaster Unleashes the Widget for Its Nefarious Agenda

Ticketmaster Unleashes the Widget for Its Nefarious Agenda

Ticketmaster, the formerly IAC-owned events behemoth, went from large to small today, launching an affiliate widget program.
Blogger Rex Dixon caught the release. The company says it’s the first primary ticket seller to offer an affiliate program, though there’s a thriving economy of secondary affiliate ticket sales online. How many of those…

Platform Wars: Netvibes Launches Facebook Widget

Platform Wars: Netvibes Launches Facebook Widget

In a cheeky move, Netvibes has released a Facebook widget. Both Netvibes and Facebook are leading Web platforms for widgets (i.e. mini web apps that can be plugged into web pages and sites). So Netvibes is neatly trying to entice Facebook users to use Netvibes instead of Facebook as their homepage. Here is an example of the Facebook widget that…

Random House – Widgets and Web Services Done Right

Random House – Widgets and Web Services Done Right

When you think of widgets you typically think of web 2.0 companies. Flickr, Digg, del.icio.us were among the first services with widgets and many more followed. Indeed, if you’re a startup then it could be seen as unusual nowadays if you don’t have a widget strategy.
But the older and larger companies are still trying to wrap their hands around…

World Wide Web of Widgets

World Wide Web of Widgets

The web has seen an explosion in the use of widgets over the past year or so. So let’s explore what a widget is and its uses. Note that in this post, we’re discussing Web-based widgets only, rather than desktop widgets such as those provided by Yahoo Widgets or Microsoft’s Vista widgets.
A Web widget can be best described as a mini application…

RateItAll Launches Read/Write Widget

RateItAll Launches Read/Write Widget

RateItAll, a social network based around online reviews and opinions, has released a new distributed rating widget. It enables users to not only view (read) a widget, but to interact with it and enter data (write). The initial application for RateItAll’s read/write widget is a blog feedback badge, which is the first of many distributed rating…