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!
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!
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.
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.
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