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Digg Launches Buttons and Widget Generator

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Digg has just launched its new buttons and widget generator tool for publishers to easily integrate Digg on their blogs and websites.  These newly improved smart Digg buttons and widget generator were launched this early to prepare publishers for the upcoming launch of the newly redesigned Digg.

While some publishers have previously integrated Digg in their websites well, the previous process however required customization work through the Digg API. The new button and widget generator can easily help you integrate as well as blend the Digg buttons and widget to your websites.

Now for some new features of the Digg button that you are about to create:

  • Buttons no longer take users to Digg, traffic stays on the publisher’s domain
  • Dynamic display of live Digg count – statistics have shown this increases likelihood of user interaction
  • Faster load time
  • Customizable look and feel – includes a new “medium” button size and an unstyled option so a publisher can create their own custom designed Digg button
  • Related stories from the publisher’s domain to users that click the button
  • All existing smart Digg buttons will auto-upgrade in the coming weeks – however, it is recommended that publishers review the new documentation for optimization tips

While Digg widgets also get the following new features:

  • Headlines now link directly to the publisher’s content with the Diggbar instead of the Digg permalink page
  • Customizable – more customization options without requiring publishers to use the Digg API
  • Tabs & columns – ability to add multiple tabs to a widget as well as make a double column widget
  • Thumbnails – by default a thumbnail is attached to each story when available
  • Fallback content logic by domain – if there is insufficient content to display, the widget has logic to backfill with relevant content from the same domain

Ready to create your Digg buttons and widgets, check this and this.

Netvibes is Relaunching to Catch Real-Time Feeds

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Netvibes, one of the most popular web dashboard, start pages which can also serve as an aggregator for all your favorite news feeds is planning to relaunch soon.  This time around Netvibes is taking a cue from the hype build by the so called “real-time” information produced by “real-time” information producers such as Twitter and Facebok to come up with a web dashboard that mines these real-time information. More →

iGoogle gets social gadgets: trying to be Facebook?

Google has announced a fairly major upgrade to its iGoogle personal homepage with the introduction of social gadgets.

As the name suggests, it’s a way for users to add a range of interactive elements to their personalized page, including tools that make collaboration with other users easier.

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A growing list of social gadgets includes games, prominent blogs and shared to-do lists.

All very nice, but I get the sense that Google is pointing at Facebook and saying “if we can’t own you, we’ll simulate you” More →

MyRegistry releases widget for websites

MyRegistry.com has released its free Gift Registry Web Widget that enables all online merchants to quickly and easily place comprehensive gift registry functions on their website. This new tool allows any online store to now have their own Gift Registry functionality, enabling their customers to add that store’s products and services onto one universal gift registry with one click of a button.

The Gift Registry Web Widget offers a simple and customizable html code that will automatically place an “Add to MyRegistry” button next to the existing “Add to Cart” button on any product page of a website. Customers can add items to their shopping cart, and now can also add those items to their universal gift registry by clicking on the “Add to MyRegistry” button. Even non-MyRegistry.com members can easily sign up while still on the retailer’s website. The Gift Registry Web Widget is designed to give customers a seamless shopping and registering experience at any type of online store.

Insurance.com introduces RateWidget for car insurance

A new tool from Insurance.com RateWidget tool is now available on its website and gives consumers instant information about the range of car insurance rates recently quoted to drivers with similar profiles in their geographic area.

RateWidget delivers objective, practical information that’s backed by Insurance.com’s expansive database of rate quotes provided to consumers from more than a dozen of the country’s leading insurance companies. Because its data is refreshed daily, RateWidget provides the most up-to-date consumer comparison information in the marketplace.

To use RateWidget, drivers simply enter their zip code, number of cars and number of drivers, and it instantly displays the lowest and highest quotes, as well as the average of all quotes given to drivers with similar profiles in the last three months. In about 10 seconds consumers see a full range of rates in their area, giving them the information they need to decide if shopping for a new policy makes sense.

KickApps launches next generation drag-and-drop video and widget authoring solution

KickApps has released KickApps App Studio, its next generation of its drag-and-drop Widget and Video Player authoring solution. Users of the web-based KickApps App Studio can create highly customized embeddable Flash applications with drag-and-drop ease, including the ability to integrate best-of-breed third party applications, content and web services. The KickApps Widget and Player authoring tool already produces over 90 million app views per month.

Meebo and Yahoo! Maps represent the first third-party embeddable applications distributed via the KickApps platform. Meebo Rooms are available now and Meebo Community IM will be integrated into the KickApps Platform in the near future.

The KickApps App Studio offers tremendous opportunity for web publishers of all sizes to very efficiently create interactive applications that can be embedded on any page of their website or shared virally across the web. With a Photoshop-like interface, users simply drag applications and components (e.g. video players, photo slideshows, RSS feeds, chat, member lists, interactive ad units, rooms and maps) onto the canvas to customize every aspect of the appearance and functionality.

Clearspring unveils ‘smart’ content sharing service

Widget network Clearspring Technologies has released the next generation of its free Launchpad sharing service. The announcement comes just one year after the initial release of the Launchpad offering. Since that time, nearly 18,000 additional publishers have signed on to use Launchpad, including most of the world’s leading media companies such as Fox Broadcasting, NBC Universal, and Time Warner.

The Launchpad upgrade includes new features to give content publishers the ability to better determine the look and feel of the sharing menu while also providing end users with a more personalized content sharing experience.

The new service includes a significantly improved sharing menu that publishers can now customize by color scheme, destination and size. Launchpad’s new liquid sizing feature alters the menu size to automatically fit the publisher’s widget content as well as to fit widget landing areas predetermined by social destinations. The free service also gives content publishers the ability to determine the social destinations they want to promote for each content element.

Clearspring now top widget network worldwide, according to comScore

Clearspring Technologies, the widget network connecting publishers and advertisers to audiences on the social web, experienced a 59 percent increase in worldwide usage of its sharing service between August and September. The company attributes this increase to a growing social trend of communicating by sharing content online, as well as its acquisition of social bookmarking leader AddThis, and newly formed partnerships with leading media publishers such as MetroLyrics and SnagFilms.

According to comScore, Clearspring logged 254 million unique visitors worldwide in September, easily outdistancing its nearest competitor by 93 million visitors. In addition to ranking Clearspring as the global leader in the widget market, comScore revealed that the company also extended its lead by 34 million in the U.S. market in September, growing 43 percent and reaching over 101 million unique visitors in the United States.

Clearspring’s easy-to-use services allows people to share Web pages, photos, videos, movie trailers, news, sports updates, trivia quizzes, games, and music with friends and provides a new set of opportunities for advertisers to engage more often with their customers online – specifically on the social web. Clearspring’s product offering includes two approaches to advertising with widgets:

• Widgets served as ads through Clearspring’s platform.
• Advertisements within a widget.

Userplane, JS-Kit to offer widgets to 900,000 communities

Userplane announced that it will offer JS-Kit’s Ratings service through Userplane’s distribution channels. JS-Kit will add Userplane’s Webchat application to its product suite, which includes; Comments, Reviews, Ratings, and Polls.

Webchat and Ratings are both incredibly light weight, simple to install, easy to customize, and provided free with advertising or under a low cost ASP model.

Webchat from Userplane is a turnkey chat solution that enables real-time text messaging and voice/video communication for community, dating, corporate and collaborative websites. Easily integrated and fully scalable, JS-Kit will be using the Userplane Minichat, a complementary component of Webchat, configured to display a single line of text or an entire conversation block. The clickable Minichat pane can be embedded on virtually any website, providing a window into the current action in the chat room.

JS-Kit’s Ratings widget uncovers and displays a site’s top content by allowing visitors to rate merchandise items, services, pictures, blog entries or any other objects on the site. It enables publishers to use their best content to keep visitors engaged and collect data about the audiences’ tastes and preferences.

“Both Userplane and JS-Kit bring interaction to websites and, incredibly, our product offerings are 100% complementary,” said Sam Wick, GM of Userplane and VP of AOL. “This cross distribution strategy allows our respective teams to expand the features of our core suite and focus on more cutting-edge work.”

“As IT budgets tighten in 2009, web publishers will be able to turn to our low cost, yet feature rich product suite, to achieve their objectives,” said Khris Loux, Chief Executive Officer, JS-Kit. “With this collaboration, publishers will also benefit by working with companies they know will be around. They can enjoy one-stop shopping with either of us, and they’ll get familiar with how our technologies work and can leverage that experience with any of our apps. It’s a great solution for everyone.”

Ads from Userplane’s social media ad network will flow through the Minichat product, providing monetization for both companies on any ads distributed through their use of the apps.

About Userplane

www.userplane.com

Userplane™ is the world’s premier social software provider for online communities. The company’s leading-edge applications enable instant communication, content and functionality for social networks – and support millions of users daily. Recently ranked as one of the 30 largest ad networks, Userplane offers a revenue-sharing solution that serves up half a billion impressions daily and reaches nearly 50M users monthly. A pioneer of the social web, Userplane was founded in 2001. The company is a wholly owned subsidiary of AOL based in Santa Monica, California.

About JS-Kit

www.js-kit.com

JS-Kit provides ultra-lightweight, feature-specific content and community services for any site via a hosted platform. The company’s services offer unparalleled ease of implementation and a compelling combination of power and affordability. JS-Kit empowers publishers by delivering must-have features, promoting rich interactivity and building community and customer knowledge.

JS-Kit raises $3.6 million funding

Social widget provider JS-Kit announced that it has raise $3.6 million in Series B funding. The round was led by Altos Ventures with participation from Series A investor TEF3.

“I’d like to take this opportunity to thank the JS-Kit team for their unwavering commitment and hard work. I’d also like to thank our friends and partners who use JS-Kit on their sites and send us detailed feedback for improving the product – your passion fuels our motivation to continue delivering great products,” Khris Loux, CEO, said.

The new round of funds will be used for expansion of the company’s development team and ensure continued innovation and stability for its web publishers.