We got a hold of the Yahoo! TV Widget SDK earlier this week (WDK)! Exiting stuff. As I mentioned previously, we are working with a handful of clients on developing Yahoo! TV Widgets for them so this is the final step in that process.
On your Connect TV, your widgets live as a list of snippers at the bottom of your TV screen that can be accessed through your remote control. The widgets are actually very similar in design (tab based) to our widgetmatic 600 series..which will make porting them even easier!
Will keep you updated!
I mentioned last week, but we have been busy building a Page-only, Tab-only application for Facebook that allows marketers to deploy and manage dynamic content on their Facebook pages. Inspired by the new Facebook page redesign, which I talked about last week(see Facebook Page Design – Best Practices), the Tab Manager for Facebook allows administrator to setup Metablocks managed and powered tabs on their Facebook page and pull the content on those dynamically (from common feed sources) or through the application’s own content management system.
Supported content source include:
The Tab Mangaer has the following features:
Benefits include reduced time and cost of managing and updating Facebook pages, better control of your brand presence on Facebook, the ability to dynamically synchronize content automatically across one or more Facebook pages, while taking advantage of content reuse and centralized management. The Tab manager is idea for media and news organizations, film studios and music labels that have to create, manage and update multiple pages on Facebook. The Tab manager allows them to have better control of their page, reuse existing content and new feeds, enable dynamic content is is constantly being updated, all at a fraction of the price it would cost to do manually.
There has been a lot of noise (all good) and excitement about the Intel/Yahoo! TV widget platform. Depending on what numbers you look at (research firm DisplaySearch has most of them), what types of TV you look at (LCD vs Plasma) and if you look at unit sales or gross revenue, the “Top” TV manufacturers are:
That said, the following television manufacturers have announce plans to support the Intel/Yahoo! TV Widget platform:
Panasonic is doing TV widgets in Europe but not the Yahoo platform. Based on the numbers and facts, it looks like your next TV will probably be widget-enabled, courtesy of Yahoo!
We recently worked with Brash Music to put together a widget/facebook application for American Idol contestant and acclaimed Christian music artist Chris Sligh. Built on our Widgetmatic platform (600 series), the very same widget can exist as a web-based flash widget, a native Facebook application, an native OpenSocial application, a Yahoo! widget, an iGoogle widget, a MacOS widget and the list goes on…(not all the features are enabled in this version but you get the idea). Ideal for music labels, artists and film studios, the Widgetmatic series is designed to host and manage an entire network of artists, movies, services or products through a back-end XML widget content management system and an army of ‘pre-fab’ evergreen widgets. Check it out and while you’re at it..don’t forget to vote for Chris (hint: use the widget below)!
A couple of days ago I blogged about BlidgetPro from Widgetbox. As I mentioned, WidgetBox has a self-service widget offering that allows folks to quickly build widgets. Today I got a kind email from Widgetbox’s VP Marketing & Business, Ryan Spoon, thanking me for the feedback. Its funny but I co-founded one of my previous startups (Epicentric which was acquired by Vignette) with Widgetbox’s founder (Ed Anuff) and I know WidgetBox’s current CEO William Price from my time at Tagworld (another company we helped launch, that was sold to MTV/Viacom) were I was a “customer reference” for WidgetBox (Will has then a partner at Hummer Winblad, WidgetBox’s early VC).
Ryan Spoon I know from Kijiji (an eBay company) which was a syndication partner of the last company I co-founded, vFlyer. Funny what a small world Silicon Valley can be (We also designed the logo for WidgetBox when it was called PostApp so there is long, interest history between the two companies – see logo).
Ryan shared some good BlidgetPro that I thought I would pass on:
The new Facebook page redesign actually holds a lot of promise for artists, bands, and brands who are using Facebook to promote their products, services or simply themselves. Here is why:
Some Google iGoogle widget examples:
Including some from:
Agency: Universal McCann
Agency: Nitro Group
Media & Entertainment
Kickin’ It Old Skool (Yari Films)
Agency: Deep Focus
A Mighty Heart: Paramount Vantage
Agency: Media Banners
CPG (Consumer Packaged Goods)
Pepsi (Sierra Mist Lemon Squeeze)
Agency: Tribal DDB
WidgetBox examples (old)
Springwidget Examples, iWidget Examples and Buddy Media Examples Coming soon.
Open Applications are Yahoo!’s answer to Google’s iGoogle widgets and OpenSocial platform. Yahoo Open Apps are part of the Yahoo! Open Strategy (or Y!OS for short) – Yahoo!’s push to “deliver open, industry-leading platforms that attract the most publishers and developers.”
Positioned as “Social Platform for Yahoo”, Y!OS really represents a set of open API (Flickr, Yahoo! Mail, Yahoo! Maps, Yahoo! Search/BOSS, ie) along with the “new” Yahoo! Application Platform (YAP) that allows developers to build applications that plug directly into Yahoo! (social) pages (MyYahoo, Yahoo 360, i.e.) and presumably other Yahoo! properties (Flickr, MyBlogLog, i.e.).
Although the language of what Yahoo! is offering make be confusing – Yahoo! Social Platform (YSP), Yahoo! Application Platform (YAP), Yahoo! Open Strategy (Y!OS) and a whole bunch of other three letter mnemonics that start with Y – the idea is not! Yahoo! wants to compete with Google and Facebook to be the start page for the Internet and needs social media and networking application that captivate a Internet-savvy audience to pull it off! It has the popular email client, a bunch of popular media services (Flickr), good IM presence, it has most of the basic API’s, and all it needs is the glue. Can Yahoo! do it? Perhaps. Here is my initial feedback:
More to come on this subject later on this week as we embark on a handful of Yahoo Open Application development projects!