The Rise of the Widgets


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Talk for the Spring 2009 Bloomsburg University Instructional Technology Corporate Advisory Board meeting.
First upload. Updated version with better link listing and possibly audio after the weekend.

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  • On this page:
    Delete Browsing History
    Search Suggestions
    User Preference Protection
    Caret Browsing
    Web Slices
    Suggested Sites
    Favorites Bar
    Tab Grouping
    Automatic Crash Recovery
    SmartScreen Filter

  • Also:


  • Iframe tags are commonly used to add widgets.
    Blog systems like wordpress also support widgets in sidebars, which can be added through the admin interface.
  • Data widgets used to created a ‘mash-up’ web page on Netvibes (Michael Wesh’s Netvibes page,
  • Netvibes also has a huge widget library ( )
  • Application widgets

  • - According to Apple
    Accessory Widgets – Totally self-contained, these do not require an Internet connection or any other application on the computer. A clock is an example of this type of widget.
    Application Widgets – These widgets use another application, such as an address book or calendar, for a source and usually provide information in a simple interface.
    Information Widgets – Designed to gather data from the Internet, these will show stock prices, top music lists, or other items from the web. These widgets will not work unless there is an active connection from the computer to the Internet.

  • Widgets are often about the use of the data outside of their original web site structure


  • Apps are the widgets on the iPhone
  • Integration of tv and internet will not be web pages, but widgets

  • From (4/13/09) “‘Hyperlocal’ Web Sites Deliver News Without Newspapers”




  • The Rise of the Widgets

    1. The RISE OF THE Helmut Doll Bloomsburg University Instructional Technology CAC - Spring 2009
    2. Interesting links • Webware 100 Top Web 2.0 sites • Web Trends map 4 (still like v.2)
    3. The new browser wars • Chrome • Internet Explorer 8 • Safari 4 • Firefox 3.5
    4. February 2009 by Net Browser share Applications
    5. Battle fronts
    6. Offline is coming
    7. Widgets
    8. “A web widget is a portable chunk of code that can be installed and executed within any separate HTML-based web page by an end user without requiring additional Widgets compilation.”
    9. Widgets
    10. “Widgets are small applications that typically Widgets serve as front ends to Web 2.0 services or internet content.”
    11. Widgets
    12. Widgets A widget is a mini-Web application that can be put onto a Web page, desktop, blog, or social profile that streams information in a more consumable fashion.
    13. Feed/RSS widget
    14. Usual approach to widget distribution
    15. Netvibes
    16. Accessory Widget Application Widget Information Widget Types of widgets
    17. Why widgets? • Data • Mobile • Myspace • Devices • Computer as appliance • Marketing • Development
    18. It’s all about the data ...
    19. From your own data ...
    20. aggregating content
    21. Aggregators
    22. Widgets are made for marketing!
    23. Widgets and marketing
    24. Widgets Are Made for Marketing, So Why Aren't More Advertisers Using Them?
    25. The decline of the browser (and of the web page)
    26. Smart phones
    27. quot;There's an app for thatquot;
    28. Internet and TV will merge
    29. Other applicances
    30. The decline of the web page (and the browser)
    31. Example: Mashups replacing newspapers
    32. Broad distribution is possible for individual creators
    33. IPhone changes dynamics of game software industry • “Only a few years ago, bigger guns, badder enemies and louder explosives mattered most in video games.” • “Now, small is beautiful, and Apple Inc.'s iPhone is largely responsible.” • “...developers are starting to make shorter, less expensive games that are released in more frequent installments. “ • It's not just the device that's having an effect. It's also Apple's App Store, an online marketplace where users can browse through 25,000 software applications from thousands of publishers.
    34. Successful widget distribution
    35. Submitting your app to Facebook Application Directory
    36. Common languages and tools • Widgets are often created using • HTML and JavaScript • Flash • SilverLight
    37. PopFly or Pipes
    38. Sprout
    39. Zembly
    40. widgetbox
    41. Dapper
    42. Widgets for training and education • Widgets deliver filtered information right on the user's desktop. • A valuable widget presents the most relevant information that someone uses daily. • Widgets need to be available (at all times)
    43. Common causes: 1. Email account incorrect. Inst 2. Smart help desks
    44. A few other things I am doing ...
    45. Semantics in Blogs
    46. Learning community
    47. iPhone development