Jeff Carter
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Widgets & Badges

The book defines widgets as “snippets of code, usually displayed graphically, that can be used to syndicate content, for example RSS feeds, or to add interactive features that users can drop onto their own blogs or websites.”

Examples of widgets on a web page are: weather updates, clocks, calender, etc.

This can benefit an organization depending on what “field” they are in. For instance, if the site is a sports website for a school, the weather widget will be a wise choice to have. When fans come to the site to check to see if there is any new information regarding an upcoming game or whatever else brings them to the site, they will be able to see what the weather is currently and also what is predicted for the game.

The book defines badges as “an icon or logo that has a link back to its source, which serves as a way of displaying one’s membership or presence in a community on the Social Web.”

You see a lot of “badges” on facebook. Usually they are posted to someones wall, or showing up in a news feed, or it could be an ad on the side of the page. I never really noticed how prevalent these badges were until reading about it in this book.

If it was my site, I would find a way to utilize widgets and badges. For the actual site widgets would be the way to go because its an easier way to give the visitors more information without them having to look elsewhere. This also can help them to look favorably upon your site and/or organization.

For badges I would search for related sites that allow postings by users and place my badges on there. This would hopefully peak the interest of other users and bring more traffic to your site.

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