Easy gadgets for your blog, Facebook, MySpace, iGoogle or any web site

Gadgets are cool little mini-programs that you can add to your web site, blog, Facebook, MySpace or iGoogle page. They are Google’s version of widgets or web parts. Until now, you had to know a bit of programming to create one, but not any more. Google has designed some gadget templates that will enable you to make your very own gadget in just a few clicks!

Frame Photo enables you to create a small photo album that your friends and family can drag and drop into their own web sites or iGoogle pages.

Google Gram allows you to create a series of seven phrases, one for each day of the week. They are displayed with a changing picture. By default, you will get a cat-looking creature holding one to seven balloons, but other images are available such as a growing tree.

Gadget Example: Google Gram

Gadget Example: Google Gram

Daily Me is a sort of micro-blogging or status update gadget (like Twitter), except your status updates are answers to a limited set of pre-defined questions. If your friends and family install this gadget, they will get updates about you every time you update your gadget.

Free Form is an all-purpose gadget, allowing you to include almost anything.

Gadget Example: Free Form

Gadget Example: Free Form

YouTube Channel is a small video player gadget where you can include up to 10 videos from YouTube.

Gadget Example: YouTube Channel

Gadget Example: YouTube Channel

Personal List is a sticky-note gadget that is Open Social-enabled. That means you can share this list with your family and friends (through iGoogle) and you can all leave each other messages or keep a to-do list.

Count Down simply counts down to a specific event.

Although some of these gadgets are somewhat limited, they will at least allow you to create and share gadgets in a flash. When you are ready to move on to the next level, you can start reading the Google Gadgets API to learn how to make your own gadgets from scratch.

On a final note, if you do make your own gadgets, be sure to publish them to the Google Gadgets Directory. Ego warning:  Ten days after submission, the whole world will be able to use your gadgets, thus making you world famous!

About Gabriel Mongefranco

Gabriel Mongefranco is your software developer for all things data: extraction, integration, analytics and security. He is also a blogger, a poet, a proud father and a faithful Christian. He is always eager to contract with faith-based nonprofits! Learn more.