Blidget Pro Nice but Very Limited

Blidget Pro Nice but Very Limited

I had a chance to play with WidgetBox’s Blidget Pro. I liked the concept (and wizard builder) but found results a bit constrained.  I quickly upgrade to Pro just to check it out. The Pro promised additional tabs (a not so impressive total of 7 tabs) and the ability to create custom themes. The tabs provided […]

Making Sure Clearspring and Gigya Widgets Comply with MySpace TOS

Making Sure Clearspring and Gigya Widgets Comply with MySpace TOS

We recently submitted a widget (that used Gigya for distribution) and were told that the “email friends” capability in Gigya (and presumeably in Clearspring) did not comply with MySpace’s Terms of Service for OpenSocial applications, which states that “All app communication must be made by OpenSocial APIs and/or the MySpace RESTful APIs”. If you are […]

Gydget Widget Examples

Gydget Widget Examples

One widget company I haven’t really talked about is Gydget. Here are some Gydget Widget examples I thought I would share. Gydget is a widget “builder” that is focused on providing marketing solutions focused to the entertainment industry. The service is aimed at bands, sports teams, and celebrities looking to get the word out to […]

Music Widget Examples

Music Widget Examples

I did a post last week on an important trend in digital music sales: music artists and widgets. Here are some examples of music widgets out there (most are “single use widgets” vs. “evergreen widgets”). Next week will dive into some helpful information on what makes a good music artist widget. Sprout Builder Widgets – […]

Widget Examples – Widget Development

Widget Examples – Widget Development

Using Web Kit technologies, Dashboard Widgets are created using HTML, JavaScript, and CSS. But Widgets aren’t limited by their use of web-based technologies. They can tap into the immense power of Mac OS X. Tiger introduced the Dashboard, which provides a new & unique class of mini-applications called Widgets (or gadgets). While the Dashboard will […]

OpenSocial Development Support Group

OpenSocial Development Support Group

Since we helped launch a rather complex MySpace application for the Travel Channel early last week, we have learned a LOT about hard core OpenSocial development (on MySpace in particular). Unfortunately there are very few resources available out there to build that have built and understand how to built world-class scalable applications for MySpace! Most […]

Sprout Builder Developer II

Sprout Builder Developer II

I wrote about sprout builder development last and wanted to follow up with some more information about the company and sprout widget builder. Sprout Builder is a web-based widget development application (or authoring platform) whose goal is to enable users to quickly and easily build non-complex interactive content. Users create sprouts by combining text, shapes, […]

Zembly = Sun Microsystems Social Media?!

Zembly = Sun Microsystems Social Media?!

Sun Microsystems is not known for its social media offerings, at least not yet. Sometime ago Sun quietly launched Zembly! is a web-based mashup development environment that promotes itself as a web app and widget engine. One of our clients asked us to evaluate the service as a prospective mashup builder (similar to Yahoo interactive […]

Facebook Happenings – March 26

Facebook Happenings – March 26

A lot of readers enjoy our widget news and trends weekly posting and some have asked why we don’t do something similar for Facebook, so here it is: Facebook Demographic is Getting Even “Older”Facebook and other social networks has been skewing older for a while, but according to InsideFacebook.com in the past two months alone […]

Sprout Widget Developer

Sprout Widget Developer

Someone asked me if we build widgets on the sprout builder platform, we do.  Sprout builder is a decent “do-it-yourself” widget tooklit that’s okay for creating “single use” widgets. We generally point clients to a better solution, such as our Widgetmatic widget management platform. When Sprout was free, building simple easy widgets on it was […]

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