This site may harm your computer – Google on the Blink?!

This site may harm your computer – Google on the Blink?!

I woke up today to find that every single search result, on every computer on my network, comes back with “This site may harm your computer”! Google search has literally quit working for me and I cannot visit a single search result. Oh well, will have to give Yahoo search a try! Update:This is not an isolated […]

Doing Ning Right

Doing Ning Right

Ning.com is becoming quite popular. It seems people still want their own social network and what better place to do it than on Ning.com.  After create their Ning account, they quickly realize that in order to stand out and get going they need customizations and custom development. As a result we do some amount of […]

Roundup of Widget Distribution Players

Roundup of Widget Distribution Players

Since I get asked this question a lot, here is a quick round up of the more popular widget marketplaces, builders and distribution platforms (at least the ones that matter most): Name SDK Builder Sharing Tracking Gallery Ad Option ClearSpring Flash, Javascript No Yes Yes No Yes Gigya Flash, HTML No Yes yes No Yes […]

SpringWidgets: Another Deployment Option

SpringWidgets: Another Deployment Option

  Some of our clients ask for Clearspring and Gigya integration, but recently someone requested we build a widget using the SpringWidget API. SpringBox has an SDK awidget engine that allows you to run SpringWidget’s Flash based widgets on both the desktop and the web. The current version of SpringWidget targets Flash Player 7 or […]

Widget Ad Networks: Making Money from Widgets

Widget Ad Networks: Making Money from Widgets

I predict that 2009 will be the year widget ad networks become a reality. Companies like Clearspring, Widgetbox, Gigya, SpringWidgets, and iWidgets have provided free widget distribution and/or development platforms for a number of years. Expect that to change in the future.  Widget platform providers are externally and internally experimenting with mechanisms to monitize their […]

Using the Clearspring In-Widget API: Quick Steps

Using the Clearspring In-Widget API: Quick Steps

There seems to be a lot of confusion about how to get Clearspring integrated into your widget using the In-Widget API model (which is the only way to go if you developing a ‘professional widget’). I decided to outline the basic steps involved Adding a Widget: First you will need to create a Clearspring widget […]

Passing URL Variables into your Facebook Application

Passing URL Variables into your Facebook Application

I keep seeing this question asked a lot! With the old Facebook API, passing variables as a query string to an application was tricky! It required using the &next parameter and never seemed to work well since developers never seemed to remember if that actual values being passed needed to be run through URLencode or […]

Social Media Marketing Examples

Social Media Marketing Examples

A couple of weeks ago I did a post featuring some social media marketing examples I found being maitained by enterpreneur Peter Kim. His original post contained a great list of examples of how large consumer brands are using social media in their marketing efforts. Some of our clients have asked for more detailed examples or examples […]

Adobe AIR as a Widget Platform

Adobe AIR as a Widget Platform

The Adobe  AIR  runtime was designed to allow developers to use Adobe Flash and FLEX to build “rich media” applications that run outside the browser on multiple operating systems. Today, a vast majority of web widgets are written in Adobe Flash.  This allows them to run on a broad range of social networking, community and […]

Common Facebook Actions and their URL’s

Common Facebook Actions and their URL’s

There are a handful of URL’s you can use to perform some common Facebook actions by simply calling them using a well formated URL. Here are handful of commonly used actions available via links (subsititue XXXXX with the user’s Facebook ID or YYYYY for other data). These can be used from within your Facebook application […]

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