Posts Tagged ‘Google’

Find Cheaper Gas With Gas Price Widget

October 1st, 2008 5 comments

Gas prices hitting you in the pocket book? Try out this Gas Price widget by Motor Trend/ We can’t vouch for the accuracy of the data so try at your own risk.

Overall it’s a pretty simple widget. You enter your zip code, radius for search, gas type and sort order. You are then provided with “up-to-date” (as claimed by the widget creators) gas price list for your area and the locations. The widget has the usual links back to the parent site and Clearspring powered sharing tools.

One simple feature that we felt was overlooked is a “Map It” feature. On each of the listings a “Map It” button could link the user to a Google Maps powered page on This could easily drive more traffic to the site and that map/directions page could be monetized. Leveraging Google Maps or even any other mapping system would be dead simple.

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Get Help For Your Golf Game Video Tip of the Day Gadget

August 13th, 2008 No comments

Happy Friday Cute Daily Puppy Google Gadget

April 18th, 2008 No comments

A cute puppy picture each and every day. You can change the number and size of the puppy pictures.

Who can resist cute little puppies…

9 Best Practices for Social Applications

November 24th, 2007 No comments

We came across the Google best practices via Sexy Widget. And, as with the previous post (5 Questions to Ask When Selecting a Widget Platform), here are the first three items. Visit Google for the complete list.

Google – Social Design Best Practices

1. Engage Quickly

Across containers, there’s a common tendency for a user to take a chance on an unknown application, and shortly thereafter remove it if no immediate value is found. The lesson to be learned from this interaction is that first impressions really do matter, and it’s necessary to engage the user quickly before attention is lost. To this end, we suggest you focus on the 30-second experience; before distracting the user with expert features or sending invites, slow down and give the user a simpler taste of what your application is about. Try the following:

  • Show value and identity by making the purpose and core features of your application absolutely clear.
  • Populate the application with fun or interesting content (especially content from friends) that makes for a browse-friendly experience.
  • Make it easy for the user to add content, change settings and feel ownership of the application. This increases a user’s desire to keep the application on his/her profile.

2. Mimic Look and Feel

Across OpenSocial containers there can be a lot of variation in the look and feel of pages and profiles. When designing your application, it can help to attempt consistency with the container UI by using similar fonts, tabs and buttons.

In cases where applications strive for stronger identity, it can be good to create a UI look and feel which is slightly distinct but still aesthetically strong to play on a user’s tastes and need for self expression.

3. Enable Self Expression

The profile page in a container is often a representation of a user’s identity, interests and tastes. From the perspective of the owner, it’s a means for self expression and a starting point for exploring the social graph. From the perspective of viewers, it’s a place to learn, communicate, and find shared interests. Applications best take advantage of the profile by enabling self expression through common interests around entertainment, brands and groups. Self expression is also enabled through specific forms of communication like gestures and gifts or conversations around special topics.

Don’t forget our own 10 Things to Consider When Building Widgets.

Google Gadgets at and Widgets Presentation by Sexy Widget

September 14th, 2007 No comments

Lawrence Coburn of Sexy Widget/ has an interesting summary of Sep Kamvar’s presentation on Google Gadgets/iGoogle at yesterday. Head over to Sexy Widget for the full post.

Here are a couple of bullets and a comment from Lawrence.

  • Sep talked about it as a virtuous circle – more gadgets attract more users, and more users attract more gadgets.
  • He talked about the evolution as being: 1) hobbyists developing gadgets for their friends; 2) businesses developing gadgets for commercial reasons; 3) an economy rising around the development and consumption of gadgets complete with acquisitions and companies whose sole focus is Google Gadgets (Lab Pixies)

It sounds like Google is working on more ways to put Gadgets in front of people… with all the Facebook buzz, it’s easy to forget about Google Gadgets. Maybe we shouldn’t. – Lawrence Coburn

Lawrence himself was also a presenter at He has posted the presentation on his blog, Sexy Widget. It’s a great presentation on widget strategies, so go check it out. We are honored to have received a mention in the presentation. Thanks, Lawrence…

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