Google Gadgets Anywhere

John Musser
Oct. 04 2006, 12:17AM EDT

With Google's announcement yesterday it is now possible for any site to directly include Google gadgets. This frees those gadgets from being available only within Google Desktop and Google Homepage. A smart move by Google. Looks like the widgetization of the web is picking-up speed.

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As a side note, Mashable's Pete Cashmore points out that that these widgets, like any that use a JavaScript based approach, won't work within most social networking sites like MySpace and Friendster because they ban JavaScript widgets.

Speaking of Google and JavaScript, they also announced v1.0 of their search API. Now with about 10 lines of JavaScript and HTML you can put an AJAX search box on your site.

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If you want to see Google Gadgets in action on another website then check out Funky Homepage (http://www.funkyhomepage.com). It's comprised mainly of the most popular Google gadgets (as well as some great Gadgets from other sources), live news feeds (with your choice of news provider), daily Bushisms, daily jokes, horoscopes, videos, weather (up to 5 locations), interactive calendar, Google calendar viewer (for up to 5 Google calendars), comic strips and lots more besides. It also lets you choose your own search engine, colour scheme, etc.

The whole website is subdivided into tabs and sub-categories, like "News", "Tools" and "Fun Stuff". So you'll find some really useful Google gadgets like currency converters, unit converters, messengers, email tools, maps, etc. already set up for you under "Tools"; and fun stuff like games, videos, jokes, etc, already set up for you under "Fun Stuff". The "Start" tab is fully customisable and lets you choose your own news providers and gadgets from a drop down list of the most popular gadgets available. No more wading through millions of gadgets just to find the ones that work and that are of any use! No more having to create an account and sign in! Start using Funky Homepage and get started using the most popular feeds and gadgets right away. All your settings are remembered with no need to create an account.

It's free to use and you can check it out at http://www.funkyhomepage.com