SpringWidgets from Fox Interactive Media
We have, for example, tried out and applied the customizable SpringWidgets as launched in November 2007 by Fox Interactive Media. We have installed a SpringWidget on our desktop as an RSS reader widget and find it to be a possible replacement for our old-fashioned blog readers and news aggregators. Moreover, one can make one’s own SpringWidget, e.g. our LawPundit Widget, which we feature at the top of the right column of our blawg (this is similar to the SpringWidget RSS desktop widget). It is an easy method of publishing and syndicating blog postings just about anywhere, including social networking sites and by e-mail.
SpringWidgets have been reviewed by Michael Arrington at TechCrunch, who writes inter alia:
“Each widget can be embedded on a website or placed on a desktop. And they are easily shared, so if a website visitor sees a widget they like they can click a link and add it to their own site, or their desktop, or both. That’s an important innovation, and a useful one for websites. For example, a blog could include a widget on the site that shows the RSS feed for the blog. Loyal readers could download the widget to their desktop.“