The results are somewhat mixed. Many tabs that will be added for your names will merely include RSS feeds (not that this is bad in itself, but it would be nice to have more diversity here). Other gadgets that were added for me didn’t completely work. And then, gadgets I thought I should get for a specific tab name didn’t appear. Still, I think this is a very nice idea from the Personalized Homepage team.
How did Google implement this feature? I could imagine two basic approaches:
Additionally, it might be possible that Google manually decides on selections for popular tab names.
Currently, I’m experiencing some bugs with adding and removing tabs (I’m using the latest Firefox). I often have to select add or delete twice before a tab is added/ deleted.
What still seems to be missing is a way to share complete Personalized Homepage settings. Right now, you can suggest 1 gadget at most, but not your unique mixture of gadgets (well, as far as I know you can’t).
The official Google directory now also has a “gadget permalink” page I didn’t notice before (I suppose it’s older), e.g. the Joke of the Day gadget page. Similar to what Alex Ksikes and I did for Google Modules when Google released their Personalized Homepage, there’s a screenshot of the gadget, a button to add the gadget or send it to a friend, an option to add your own comments and ratings, as well as a “related gadgets” area.
A question: which tab names did you try out, and which did you think were successfully pre-filled (and which weren’t)?
[Via Google’s official blog.]
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