Google Gadget Gaffe: Updated

In our previous posting on this topic, the issue of the quality of the third party Gadgets being offered by Google was somewhat remiss. True there are nearly175,000 3rd party gadgets listed; but quantity is not quality.

However, what I neglected to mention is that Google has its own Google Web Elements, about 2 dozen JavaScript gadgets that you can also embed on your website. These ‘Google own’ gadgets are of high quality and I have used a number in various projects including the Search and Translate Web elements in this blog.

So here is the rule of thumb: Google’s Own Web Elements – very good quality; Google 3rd Party Gadgets – mixed, very mixed quality.

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