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  • Steven Woda

Google’s Universal Gadgets

Last month, Google expanded their Gadget product so that you can now add Google Gadgets to any web page on the Internet. The Google Universal Gadget is a big step beyond the previous incarnation that simply allowed you to add the Google Gadgets to your Google Homepage and Desktop. I didn’t notice this improvement when it was first expanded, so I am bit late to the game. However, I wanted to point it out to you because I love the product.

Interested developers can build Universal Gadgets by using Google’s API, and then users can take the Google Gadget and put it on any web page.

Here is an example using buySAFE’s Google Gadget. All I had to do was go the buySAFE Shopping Google Gadget page, tailor the look and feel of the Gadget, and then cut and paste the following HTML code into my post.

<script src=" up_showCategories=1&up_showWatchList=1&up_searchTerm =diamond&up_category=-1&up_lowprice=&up_highprice=& up_sellerName=&up_sort=1&synd=open&w=320&h=450& title=buySAFE+Shopping&border=%23ffffff%7C0px%2C1px +solid+%23595959%7C0px%2C1px+solid+%23797979%7C0px %2C2px+solid+%23898989&output=js"></script>

Voila! The buySAFE Shopping Gadget is up and running on my blog page. Go ahead and do a quick buySAFE Shopping search via the Gadget below. In my opinion, this is very cool.

It was very easy to create the buySAFE Shopping Google Gadget, and some developers are reporting that it can take less than 5 minutes to create simple Gadgets. Check it out and have fun!

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