Widgets and Websites

The New York Times writes:

According to the Pew Internet and American Life Project, about 12 million Americans now maintain a blog. Widgets are elements, often in the left or right columns of a blog, that enhance its usefulness or aesthetic appeal. (The term widgets, confusingly, can also refer to compact applications that operate on a computers desktop.)

Widgets pull content or services from some other place on the Web, and put it into your personal page, said Fred Wilson, a venture capitalist at Union Square Ventures in Manhattan.

Typically, theyre built with Flash software from Adobe, or the JavaScript programming language, which ensures that they work with most Web browsers. Mr. Wilsons blog, A VC (avc.blogs.com), displays one of the Webs largest widget collections, including a photo album from the site Flickr and others that highlight his music collection.

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Rajesh Jain

An Entrepreneur based in Mumbai, India.