Ranjeet Walunj

October 1, 2008

The future of widgets on facebook looks bleak

Filed under: social media, Tech, technology, Web 2.0 — Tags: , , , , — ranjeetwalunj @ 8:36 pm

In the last couple of years there was a big rush of making gadgets/widgets by most of the agencies/companies to have a prominent presence on social media  for the last couple of years.

This involved many widgets being created for Facebook and loads of users adding those widgets to their profile.

One of the goal for the new Facebook design was to make it clean, uncluttered interface by removing few widgets which are not working or not useful.

O’Neil has written : “Widgets have not survived the shift over and my guess is that within a
matter of weeks we will see most top-performing widget applications
practically disappear.”

To drive this point he gives an example of widget created by him called “Bush Countdown Clock” which attracted close to 50K users. It was just a flash badge which allowed users to express. However with the new design it has been added to another box and not prominent on the profile.

Nick O’Neil says ‘Widgets or badges that help users express their personal beliefs,
ideals, and personality are now harder to find with the new facebook design.’

Source of the article is : All Facebook Article

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