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Widgets Everywhere! Embed Your Favorite Chunks Of Google With Web Elements


By www - Posted on 27 May 2009

During today's Google I/O keynote, the company unveiled a new set of widgets collectively called Web Elements that are sure to spread across the web like wildfire. The widgets allow users to quickly integrate some of Google's most popular products, including Calendar, Search, and Maps, directly into their sites with a minimal amount of effort. Much of the same functionality has previously been available through Google APIs (in fact, some of these widgets were built on them), but most bloggers haven't known how to use them before now. Google Web Elements makes the process much easier - just copy and paste an embed code, and you're done.

Perhaps the most interesting widget is the 'Conversation' Element, which allows visitors to your site to post comments and videos, similar to the way they could using a FriendFeed embed. Site owners have the option of restricting these conversations to their sites, or to share them as global conversations through Google Friend Connect. You can check out a sample embed below.