Posts Tagged ‘Development’

Promoting WidgetCon 2007 Through a Widget

June 18th, 2007 No comments

How appropriate it this? Now if they only had a sidebar version…

WidgetCon 2007

“The first conference designed specifically for widget marketers. A full day of dialogue and productive networking. Case studies, examples, data, insight. An invite-only guest list comprised of the leading agencies, most innovative clients and widget-savvy publishers.”

Date: Wednesday, July 11th
Time: 8:00am @ 6:30pm
Location: Tribeca Cinemas, 54 Varick Street, NYC

[via Widgets Lab]

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Competitions and Contests

June 15th, 2007 No comments

There are a few contests currently running. If you have some free time, they are worth checking out. Time is running out, so don’t wait too long.

Sandbox Designs Competition (details here)
WordPress theme competition utilizing only CSS to modify the Sandbox theme. Contest ends July 29, 2007 with awards standing at $1650(first), $750(second), $450(third), $300(fourth) and three runners-up with $50 each. If more sponsors join, the prize money could go up.

WordPress Plugin Competition 2.0 (details here)
Weblog Tools Collection is running a WordPress plugin competition. Details are still being worked out, but the competition is set to end on July 21, 2007.

Widget Contest (details here)
Freewebs and Widgetbox announces a widget contest with a Grand Prize of $1000. Entries must be submitted by July 5, 2007. The winner will be announced at WidgetCon on July 11.

Clearspring Officially Launches

June 13th, 2007 No comments

It’s been a long awaited announcement and it’s finally come. Clearspring has opened The Clearspring Community Platform and it’s free. We’ve had the luck of being part of the preview and it looks great. There are still things to add and some things to tweak but it’s a very polished system. For more information, check out the feature list, documentation, blog and forum.

A few things we really like about the platform. It was easy to add and configure a widget into the system. The interface was clean and stepped you through the process. Once the widget is added the power of the platform begins to show. The “Grab it!” feature allows anyone to easily get or push the widget to numerous web properties and social networks (11 at last count) or you can grab the code itself.

In addition to viral distribution of the widget through the widget, the Clearspring system can also publish the widget to existing widget galleries and start pages; currently Google Gadgets Gallery, Live Gadget Gallery , Netvibes Widget Library and Pageflakes Flake Chooser.

To wrap up all this widget goodness Clearspring tracks and reports on the widgets. This is great to actually be able to know how a widget is performing and where. There are 5 reporting categories and with more detailed reports within each.

  1. Views: how many times the widget has been viewed
  2. Unique views: how many individual users viewed the widget
  3. Locations: where the widget is placed
  4. Viral hubs: where the widget is being spread from
  5. Geographic: where in the world are users viewing from

For developers there is also the beginnings of an API. It’s currently very sparse but it’s a good sign to see Clearspring developing an API for their platform.

And… If you’re large (lucky) enough to need an enterprise-class widget platform, there is the Premium Platform to consider.

While it’s not perfect and there a few more things we would like to see, Hooman and his team have done a great job overall and we look forward to more from Clearspring.

Must Read for Widget Developers and More

May 15th, 2007 No comments

If you have anything to do with developing or utilizing widgets, you must read following two posts. The first was posted yesterday by Ivan over at the Snipperoo Blog. Ivan lists his “Ten Sins of the Widget Makers“. We happen to agree with all his points. Widget makers need to be more aware of how their widget can and will be used. Just because it’s a widget doesn’t mean it doesn’t deserve the respect and attention that is required.

“It amazes me that, despite all the love and attention that is put into widgets, most widget producers don’t seem to pay much attention to the needs of their customers – the widget users.” - Ivan

The second must read was posted today by Lawrence over at Sexy Widget. In his post he dissected the RateItAll widget that is currently in beta. He does a great job of going through each element of the widget and various decisions made for each. The insight into that process is invaluable. Everyone should put that much focus on their widgets.

“Any widget that expects to earn real estate on a blog must bring something to the table for the host site.” - Lawrence

The bottom line is that widgets have a major role to play and all those involved need to be aware of various aspects of a widget. The widget needs to be evaluated and planned just as much as any other major feature or project. Its development should not be done completely devoid of business needs and goals nor should it be released without review against some technical guidelines. While there is no magical check list, if you are able to marry the technical with business and make informed decisions, you will have a much better chance of long term success.

Mini Conference for Widgets Creators

October 13th, 2006 No comments

The popularity of widgets has reached its next milestone. Om Malik announced Widgets Live!, the first ever conference specifically devoted to widgets and widgets creators. The conference will be held on November 6th in San Francisco. Unfortunately, we will not be able to attend what will surely be an interesting event. They are targeting an attendance of 200 people.

Here is the schedule for the conference.

Time Session
08:00 – 08:45 Registration and breakfast
08:45 – 09:00 Welcome to Widgets Live!
09:00 – 09:30 Keynote presentation
09:30 – 10:00 Arlo Rose: Konfabulator
10:00 – 10:30 Building widgets using Flex
10:30 – 11:00 Building widgets using HTML and JavaScript
11:00 – 11:30 Success story: MeeboMe
11:30 – 12:00 Success story: Photobucket
12:00 – 13:00 Lunch
13:00 – 13:45 Desktop widget engines panel
13:45 – 14:30 Homepage widgets panel
14:30 – 15:15 Blog sidebar widgets
15:15 – 15:30 Afternoon break
15:30 – 16:15 Widget aggregators
16:15 – 17:00 Widget hardware
17:00 – 18:00 Lightning demos
18:00 Conclusion

For more information, check out Niall Kennedy’s (Widgets Live! organizer) post and additional coverage of the event at Download Squad and Dare Obasanjo.

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