Google announced a new program Wednesday to fund developers who create gadgets for the firm’s personal desktop and home page. For those who haven’t played around with Google’s personal home pages, gadgets are little software widgets which allow you to display custom content–news, games, weather, etc.
We’ve had a Google gadget available for socalTECH since almost day one, which allows you to customize the display of news and information from the web site. For example, you might set it to show only San Diego news; or perhaps display just Los Angeles venture capital dealflow; or maybe just San Diego technology events. Or, you can put three socalTECH gadgets on your custom home page each set to a different area.
Speaking of gadgets and widgets, we also have a Google Coop profile which will highlight recent articles on socaltech relevant to any search you do in Google; a browser plug-in for Mozilla to allow you to search socalTECH from your search bar in Mozilla; and a live calendar feed you can add to Google calendar or other calendar services.