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January 13, 2007

Best Google Gadgets


Google published the results of Google Gadgets Awards 2006, a competition in which US students could submit a gadget for Google Desktop or Google Personalized Homepage.

The best gadget that works in both Desktop and the Personalized Homepage is MapMyWord, a gadget that uses WordNet database to show you definitions, synonyms and relationships between words.

The most useful gadget was considered GadgetMaker, that lets you view any webpage from your Google homepage. Unfortunately, the space is too limited to find it very useful for most sites.

MyMoodJam is the prettiest gadget and also the gadget that "will help you get a date". Slashdot's founder, Commander Taco, said: "Chicks dig sensitive dudes in touch with their emotions, and nothing would trick them faster than something like this." The gadget works this way: you tell me your moods and I'll show you a pretty visualization of your moods.

6 comments:

  1. "The best gadget that works in both Desktop and the Personalized Homepage is MapMyWord..."
    I'm missing something here. How does one use the MapMyWord Gadget as a Gadget in Google Desktop? Thanks! -Justin

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  2. It's pretty simple, Justin. To add an XML gadget from your Personalized Homepage to Google Desktop, you need to know its URL.

    For MapMyWord, the URL is http://www.vocabgrapher.com/mapmyword.xml . Open Google Desktop, click on Add at the top of the sidebar, paste the URL in the search box and press enter.

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  3. Wow, I didn't know you could do that. Thanks so much for the help! -Justin

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  4. How can you forget Nikolay set of IP Track Gadgets?
    http://www.nikolaylaptev.com/master/gadgets/index.php

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  5. I found the Chocolate auctions gadget very interesting. I bought a pair of earrings made of chocolate from the auction
    http://www.googleminiapps.com/news/unique-chocolate-auctions-of-the-day-gadget/

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  6. We have developed a gadget that allows you send SMS to any mobile phone! very handy for quick mobile communication, there is a million uses for it. Add it here http://tinyurl.com/oa893m

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