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So, what exactly is a widget?
One hears the word everyday, especially with savvy computer geek friends that understand the computer world and all that goes with it. But if you are not on top of the latest in computer technology, and happen to also be a bit technically de-clined, then figuring out what a widget is takes a bit of research.
A widget is an application, for the computer, that is made of bits of code. This allows users to access simple functions that have can give information, such as a calendar, the weather or news, or allow the benefits of immediate access to games, social networks, or even YouTube.
The good news is that this widget, or “badge” as it is sometimes called, can easily be placed on your computer or website to allow easy use of information; it’s also free. Users can copy a widget to their blog or websites to use as they wish. Widgets also work on mobile phones allowing you access while on-the-go.
These tiny mini-apps are a great way to have easy and immediate information at your fingertips and to interface and connect with other sites and people on your own blog or website. Widget use on social networks, as well as blogs, personal websites, etc. can help drive others to your site and increase your readership.
Realize that each widget belongs to its maker; you cannot change the code for any widget. The good news is that if it is not what you want, you can simply get rid of it.
And that is what is known as “user friendly”.