Pimp Your Web Ride With Google

    October 3, 2006
    WebProNews Staff

Enjoy placing the digital bling on your blog with Google Gadgets, previously available only for the Desktop and Personalized Homepage.

You can put Bejeweled on your site, or the photos from your Picasa Web Album with Google Gadgets.

The search advertising company has chosen to syndicate these gadgets to provide its users with dynamic content. “By making Google Gadgets available for you to add to your webpage, we’re working to connect developers with enthusiastic consumers and to make information universally accessible and useful to the individual user,” Adam Sah, Google Gadgets Architect, said in the announcement.

The Google Gadgets have an ease of use that makes them easy to insert into websites or blog templates. Advanced developers can play with another option – building Gadgets themselves. Google would like to find more for Universal use, like the ones they opened up today.

Developers use the Google Gadgets API to build those applications. Basically, a gadget is just a XML wrapper for existing web content or applications.

Google provides a guide on developing gadgets, and successfully created ones may be submitted to Google for potential inclusion in its gallery for others to use.

Hey look, Magic 8-Ball, I’ve always wanted one of those.


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David Utter is a staff writer for WebProNews covering technology and business.