Widgify has a couple of posts on start pages becoming widget management systems and allowing export of their widgets outside of their domains. Here are the Widgify posts on Pageflakes and yourminis.
It’s good to see these companies moving in this direction. We took a look at the offerings and noticed one major difference. The Flakes from Pageflakes are exported in HTML code snippets while the minis are Flash widgets. This means that the Flakes will be limited in where they can be used (social networks do not allow this type of code) and the minis can be used just about anywhere (MySpace, Stickam, blogs, etc).
It will be interesting to see where these two companies take this and if other start page companies will follow.
For NBA fans, here is a yourminis scoreboard widget for the NBA. If you don’t like the yourminis widget, there’s always the scoreboard from SpringWidgets.
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We hadn’t seen this before and just ran across this on Sexy Widget. After some cursory research, it looks like this widget was quietly released sometime last month and hasn’t received much coverage. The NBA Player Widget (example: Joe Smith – scroll past the fold) is brought to us by Clearspring, they are the same people that gave us the Colts Widget.
The player widget provides the usual features; basic player stats, top 3 news headlines for the player and links to the various NBA web properties, player profile, team site, and player news. Every NBA player has their own widget so no one will be left out. Here is the list of players; go to their profile and grab the code. You can also grab the code for a player from the widget itself via the “Snag-it” button.
There are a couple of interesting things to note here. It’s great to see another major company/entity (NBA) embracing widgets. We have said it before and we will say it again, it is in the best interest of sports organizations (among others) to reach out to their fans and their fans will reciprocate with renewed fervor. Widgets are a great way to extend that reach.
The other thing of note is of course Clearspring. With both the Colts and NBA on their list, it’s clear that they are doing something right. We look forward to what else Clearspring has up their sleeve. Unfortunately, our quick search did not reveal any other widgets. As a sports fan, we hope other sports related widgets are in the pipeline and Clearspring can leverage their existing partnerships and experience in bring these widgets to reality (how about the NHL and LA Kings). That said, we look forward to non-sports related widgets too.