By now you may be familiar with Google Gadgets – those nifty little add-ons that can be placed on the Google Personalized Homepage or Google Desktop.
Their growth in popularity follows the release of the Gadgets API, allowing users to submit their own gadget creations for inclusion in Google’s Gadget Directory. The hundreds of submissions received have ranged from games, clocks, calculators, comics and even a pony.
Well Google have now taken the gadgets one step further. Much like users can embed videos from YouTube or Google Video, the gadgets will now be available for addition to any webpage or blog.
Google’s push to make gadgets public follows a similar move by MySpace who have released their own ‘widget’ site called TheSpringBox. Other gadget style applications have also been released by Yahoo! called Yahoo! Widgets. The main difference between these two offerings is that Google Gadgets require Google Desktop to run, while Yahoo Widgets can operate in stand-alone mode.
For now, Google Gadgets are free, so why not check them out for yourself.