Have you heard about widgets? Widgets are the all the rage when it comes to social networking and online community websites but you might not even know what they really are. Widgets are Web applications that are created by different companies and are made to work in conjunction with profiles on different social networking sites. Popular social networking sites like MySpace and Facebook offer lots of different widgets that people can add to their profiles to make their profiles more interesting, change the design or layout of their profile, share their interests with their friends or play games.
You can use widgets to pick and choose what content you want to have on your website, blog or social networking profile. You can add widgets that will show the weather, the latest headlines, or the latest post from your favorite blog. You can find widgets that will show videos or play audio files or show photo slideshows. There are thousands of different widgets that have been created. Not all of them work the way they are intended to so before you add a widget to your website or blog it’s a good idea to preview it and make sure that the code works.
Widgets are everyone on the Web, so if you’re looking for new and fun widgets that you can use to customize your content on different social networking sites you won’t have to look far. Some widgets are made to only work with a particular site, like widgets that change the design of your MySpace profile, while others are made to work with any website so that you can install them on your website or blog and not just on your social networking site profile.
Even though widgets can be a lot of fun to use and are a great way to make your profile on a social networking site very unique and very reflective of your personality you should still be cautious about using widgets from websites that look sketchy or that don’t see quite on the level. There have been instances where widgets have been loaded with malware and spyware and have caused serious damage to people’s computers when they were used by the computer owner.