” Widgets Will Become the Next Generation of Apps

– Mike Merrill, Smartphones Technologies

“Measuring and understanding the widget universe is an important first step in enabling publishers and advertisers to fully realize the benefits of the burgeoning distributed Web.”

Hooman Radfar, founder of  Clearspring.

Welcome to Widget Locker!

WidgetLocker.com is a headline news and resource aggregator that provides brief summaries and links to the top stories breaking in the world of widgets. Widgets have exploded over the last several years as the Web 2.0 ecosystem has enabled developers to use open interfaces to extend website functionality to the desktop and to embed features of one website into another. A YouTube(TM) video seen on a site other than YouTube.com is a widget. Widgets began on the desktop, migrated to the web, made the transition to mobile and are now poised to invade the television. Widgets are everywhere.

But what exactly is the definition of a widget? As defined by Wikipedia, 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 compilation. They are akin to plugins or extensions in desktop applications. Other terms used to describe a Web Widget include Gadget, Badge, Module, Capsule, Snippet, Mini and Flake. Web Widgets often but not always use Adobe Flash or JavaScript programming languages.

From a less technical standpoint, Widgets are the most recent embodiment of highly distributable Web media. Widgets permit users to separate the content from the Web page, allowing users to implant them on all types of pages, from personalized portal home pages to blogs to personal pages on social networking sites like MySpace, Friendster or Facebook. Other platforms include the desktop and mobile phone.

Widgets are evolving Widgets can be utilized by end users to enhance a number of web-based hosts, or drop targets. Categories of drop targets include social networks, blogs, personal homepages, and operating system desktops. Although Web Widgets are primarily used by end users to enhance their personal web experiences, or the web experiences of visitors to their personal sites, Web Widgets could also potentially be used to by corporations to improve their web sites using syndicated content and functionality from third party providers.



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