Since Google is an essential starting point for web users to find stuff they want, installing mini Google tools to customize your browser has been a popular choice for the past year.
Now you can add a whole new slew of various Google Gadgets directly to your own website to make the Internet user experience even better for site's visitors.
It's one more way for Google to literally be everywhere online. Apple popularized this mini-script/application concept through dashboard "widgets", which later became available for PCs, too. Yahoo! also made a move for widget downloads. But none have been so highly focused on specific Google usage, with so many different choices.
While Google Gadgets have been available on Google.com for some time, Web page owners can easily add these gadgets/widgets right on their sites as quick-use buttons. BIG helpful improvement. The Jointblog applauds this move.
There are more than 1,200 free gadgets from which to choose what you want, including the HTML code to embedd miniature lookups for things like Google Maps or Google Calendar; also, appiications providing financial information, sports results, communication tools, jokes, horoscopes, even PacMan and Tetris.
Best move by Google in months...will it gain user popularity? That deal with MySpace made over the summer should help make Google Gagdets quickly popular. Hey, if it makes the user experience better AND easier, it's all good.
Look for some of these Google Gadget widgets to be added to the Jointblog site in the weeks ahead.
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posted by Chris Kennedy @ Wednesday, October 04, 2006,