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ShowYourself Revealed

Derek posted about ShowYourself yesterday over at Widgets Lab. We decided to take a closer look at the widget for ourselves.

From ShowYourself:

ShowYourself is a simple to make, easy, free and fun utility to help establish your identity across the web. Have a Flickr account and a Facebook and AIM? Combine all your profiles on the web into one attractive widget that you can put on your blog, your myspace or anywhere on the web.

The interface to configure the widget is straight forward and simple to use. Auto updating the “preview” as changes are made is a nice feature. There were 21 default sites at the time of this post. Color settings are also easy to configure, but a color selection tool would have made it better. Not everyone knows HTML color codes or wants to bother looking them up.

For individuals that run their own sites or blogs, you have the option to download and host the images locally so that the entire widget is local and not subject to someone else’s free service. This is a nice option.

Overall, this is a good widget with a simple to use configuration page.

On to the guts… ShowYourself is basically a HTML generator. Once you input all your selections and details, the HTML code is provided to you. There is no automated service, aggregation or data storage involved. This widget will obviously appeal to users without the knowledge or time to create their own link list. Those with the time and basic knowledge of HTML/CSS can easily edit this further or create their own code altogether.

Additional coverage at Mashable.

Original source at Dustin Bachrach Blog.

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  1. March 14th, 2007 at 08:47 | #1

    Wink.com launched something similar about a month ago, but it’s backed by their people search engine which allows you to SEO yourself and your social and web profiles by combining them in one place. ShowYourSelf seems aimed at sharing other things I do with friends I already have. Wink does that too, but is more about being found and finding friends online.

  2. March 14th, 2007 at 13:22 | #2

    We actually tested it out a bit a few weeks ago. Wink is much more than ShowYourself, but we don’t believe they serve the same intention or audience.

    Unfortunately or fortunately, depending on how you look at it, Wink is much more complex and feature filled so we have not had the opportunity to properly review and post about Wink and the Wink widget.

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