10 of the Best Google Gadgets

We’re actually in a growing world of Google Gadgets, and I wouldn’t be surprised if you’re building a Gadget while reading this. But, if you’re looking to make your Google Gadget and don’t know where and how to start? Just read through this tutorial, I’m sure it comes in handy!

Google Gadgets? What are they really? I hear of them a lot now a days. In simple terms, Google Gadgets are mini-web applications or widgets you can easily embed into Google products, like iGoogle, Google Desktop and Blogger.

A Google gadget can range from simple HTML to a complex app. It can be a Calendar, a Clock gadget, a Weather Globe, a Media Player, a Diagram Viewer or just about anything you’d like to have on your web page. There are so many Google Gadgets out there, but I’ve picked the best 10 which I thought are fun, interesting and useful to be working with. So here you go!

1) TwitterGadget


This is a functional gadget that can be added on your iGoogle page. TwitterGaget lets you update your status and also fetches the New Tweet Alerts, Trending Topics and Twitter Lists. It’s quite handy, since you can now manage your Twitter account from the iGoogle page.

2) Official YouTube Gadget


Embedding this gadget helps you browse, search and watch You Tube videos from your iGoogle, your blog or your website. With this gadget, you can link to You Tube videos and let your website visitors check them out.

3) Creately Diagram Viewer


Creately is an Easy Online Diagram and Collaboration application, which helps you draw flowcharts, UML, Mindmaps, Sitemaps, UI Mockups and more. Now, you can add an always-updated Creately diagram with zooming and panning to your page. Whenever anyone updates the diagram, the latest version will be shown inside the gadget. No more manual image uploads!

4) Digg


Add this gadget to your iGoogle or your website and discover the best news, images and videos as voted on by the Digg community. You can also now customize your Digg gadget by topic, Select the topic you are interested in and get the latest diggs relevant to that topic!

5) Life tips of the Day


Are you looking for a tip on Skin Care, Health or Cooking? This gadget offers free tips, advice and how-to guides on anything and everything you want – cooking, gardening, health, jobs and more!

6) Movie Trailer of the Day


Want to watch a movie, but not sure which movie? No more confusion! Get this gadget and start watching the movie trailers of the latest and upcoming movies.

7) Hangaroo


Want to play? Then add this gadget and start playing Hangman! This is a Hangman clone that hangs a Kangaroo instead.

8) Financial Calculator


The Financial Calculator gadget makes your calculations easy. It saves a lot of your time, is an attractive gadget and will not occupy much of your space. This calculating gadget is a good pick.

9) Socializer by web2announcer.com


This is a great gadget which connects you with all the web 2.0 sites. It brings together a whole list of latest stories from Digg, Del.icio.us and more.

10) Wikipedia


Do you use Wikipedia a lot? Embed this gadget and search for articles or keywords on Wikipedia directly from your iGoogle page, your blog or your website.

Guest post by Indu Kandasamy, the Marketing Maven at Creately.com, a collaborative diagramming software for teams. When she’s not working on marketing strategies for web start-ups, she paints and loves to create designs for printed textiles. You can read more of her writing on the Creately Blog or follow her on Twitter: @creately @induja

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Creately Blog » Beautiful new Creately Diagram Viewer

We are really excited to launch our Creately Diagram Viewer today. It’s a simple embed widget that lets you add a zoomablealways updated Creately diagram in any web page. To top it off, we’ve created a Google Gadget for our new Diagram Viewer, so it works nicely on Google Sites for all our Google Apps customers too.

Diagram Viewer Widget

First off, the Diagram Viewer Widget. This is a HTML5 web gadget that lets you easily embed an interactive diagram viewer into any webpage. By simply pasting the embed code into your webpage, you’ll be able to publish and share your diagram anywhere.

Great Features

The Diagram Viewer, comes with some great features that makes sharing diagrams with Creately a breeze.

First off, you can set up the dimensions of you widget so it fits perfectly into any webpage. But the best part is the Zoom and Pan features that make it perfect for large diagrams. There’s now no need to scale your exports and lose the details of your diagrams. Simply set up the size of your widget and embed it into any webpage.

Mouseover to see the Viewer in action

Alway Updated

Your embedded diagram is always up to date. With this widget, your embedded diagram is automatically updated when anyone makes a change in the original Creately diagram. So there’s no need to keep uploading updated images to your website.

And to help you share, we’ve built in Facebook share and Twitter buttons in the widget. Embed your diagrams on your site and get more love for your work.

Community Diagram Pages

You can take the Diagram Viewer Widget for a spin on our Public Diagram Pages. The embed code for all the diagrams is right there, so copy and embed away! If you liked any diagram, show your love by sharing it via Social Media with 1-click!

Creately Diagram Viewer Widget

Google Gadget For Apps and iGoogle

Creately is loved by thousands of google apps users, and we’ve been working hard to bring better diagram collaboration to them. So this week, Google Sites finally gets what it was missing - built-in diagrams that work just like the wiki does.

The brand new Creately Gadget for Google Sites and iGoogle makes it easy to embed the new Diagram Viewer into the Google Platform. This way, anyone who edits the Site can also access and update the Creately diagram from right within Google Apps.

Just like the HTML5 viewer, the Gadget’s diagram is alway up to date for true collaborative working.

Creately Diagram Viewer Google Gadget

No More Squinting

The Google Gadget allows you to embed multiple diagrams from the Creately App in a single page along with explanatory text. You can create really big diagrams, and still embed them on site pages without having to scale them down. Just alter the display dimensions of the gadget and click to embed. Your site page now remains neat and intact with all the Creately diagrams appearing within a Creately Player in uniform dimensions.

You can learn how to embed this gadget on Google Site by visiting our Embed Gadget Instructions page! Or check out the Creately Google Gadgets listing page - and dont forget to leave us a review :-) Thanks!

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