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TIME magazine’s man of the year is “You” and if that is the case, then widget is a good way to express yourself. Newsweek is declaring 2007 “Year of the Widget.” Of course with Leopard and Vista almost around the corner, it is hard not to […]

TIME magazine’s man of the year is “You” and if that is the case, then widget is a good way to express yourself. Newsweek is declaring 2007 “Year of the Widget.”

Of course with Leopard and Vista almost around the corner, it is hard not to get enthusiastic about the future of widgets. Gabe Dorfman, a Microsoft product manager is predicting a widget boom. Yahoo, MySpace, AOL, and scores of others are part of this “atomization of web” movement. “The Google personal homepage is the fastest-growing Google product,” Marissa Mayer tells Newsweek, “This market is going to be very large.”


I have been following the widget space for some time, though have not written much lately. I have some thoughts percolating on the subject, and they would eventually materialize here on the blog. Niall Kennedy has been publishing some nice widget related pieces on his blog.

Meanwhile, it seems Clearspring Technologies, a Arlington, VA start-up building a widget syndication platform has received funding from Novak Biddle.

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  1. Om,

    I am going to have to agree with you on this. The PC Desktop have been one of the most valuable and fiercely contested spaces of the last 30 years. Fortunes have been won and lost targeting this space. Now that we have Google, Yahoo!, OSX and Vista supporting widgets I think it will be a very hot territory. Personally I have used a weather widget for some time. I think it might be time to make my own widget :)

    -D

  2. Check out the amazon widget I made that’s on widgetbox.

    Gizmoojo Adgent

  3. Dal and Khang.

    Since you are both interested in building widgets, let me personally invite you to try out the API for SpringWidgets.

    It’s freely avalable for download at Springwidgets.com

    They not only work on the desktop like Konfabulator and Apple widgets, but also on a MySpace profile or blog.

    Happy Widgeting!

    -Don

  4. Thanks Don. Time to make my “Widget 2.0″

    -D

  5. let me personally invite you to self-promote somewhere else.

    i still believe the day of the widget is a long way off due to the lack of technical infrastructure/standards/etc.

  6. As long that the install is easy and the said widget does something “actually useful” then I think we will see more adoption.

    P.S. Sorry about the pom-poms following me, I actually found this article interesting and wanted to share my thoughts.

    -D

  7. Om,

    I know you are very bullish on widgets. What are your thoughts around Project Apollo (from Adobe)?

    http://labs.adobe.com/wiki/index.php/Apollo

    I think this platform will be a huge boost for widgets as one can easily write them in AJAX and Javascript. Also it will give them stronger access to the OS.

    Abhishek

  8. Deep Jive Interests Thursday, January 18, 2007

    Widgets: Promoting Blogging Mediocrity Everywhere…

    Bloggers ought not to be distracted by widgets.

  9. Sangeeta Patni Tuesday, January 30, 2007

    Looks like you think that the desktop widgets would gain quick adoption. Any thoughts on how the widegets-in-browsers would do?

    • Sangeeta Patni,
      Extensio Software, Inc
  10. Noah Kagan’s Okdork.com Tuesday, May 15, 2007

    Noah’s 2007 Somewhat Likely Predictions…

    Mashable called me out so now I have to write something smart about what is going to happen next year.

    1- Google will acquire more companies. I know you know but it is an easy one to say. Also, their stock price will come down so everyone who didn&#8…

  11. Investors Take a Stroll with Widgets – GigaOM Tuesday, November 27, 2007

    [...] by Anne Zelenka Tuesday, November 27, 2007 at 4:08 PM PT Comments (0) 2007 was supposed to be the Year of the Widget, according to Newsweek, and Jon Swartz of USA Today apparently agrees that the promise has been [...]

  12. Metablocks | Big Money for Lil Widgets? Widget Platforms Get Funded to the Tune of $50M! recently , $160M+ in Last Year – Widget and Facebook App Development and Design Monday, February 9, 2009

    [...] darlings of advertising companies on Madison Avenue. Hype from publications like Newsweek and GigaOm as well as ComScore’s Widget Metrix report have only added fuel to the [...]

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