Monday, April 21, 2008
An iGoogle Preview With Friends Features, Expandable Views
The Google personalized homepage iGoogle is now available in a preview version for developers to play around with new features. You can log-in via the new iGoogle developer homepage
by clicking on Getting Started
. In the sandbox, you will be able to see a couple of new things:
- A new “requestNavigateTo” function in the iGoogle gadget language lets developers break out of the small gadget window and into a larger part within the iGoogle homepage. Google calls this larger window the “canvas.”
- You can now include the OpenSocial library into a gadget on the iGoogle homepage. This will provide you with some social network functionality, like lists of friends. A “Sandbox Friends” gadget is supposed to let you add friends.
- An “updates” gadget allows other gadgets to post a stream of news into it. (Entering “updates.xml” didn’t show this for me, though, and the parts of the tutorial I saw didn’t provide help on adding this either.)
- A profile editor gadget is supposed to let you edit user info. (The iGoogle “Person” object contains the fields ID, name, thumbnail and location.)
- Google pre-announced that iGoogle will some day support a “requestSendMessage” function as part of OpenSocial in order for you to send messages to other users.
Google’s preview image of the updates gadget:
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