Widgets and Badges

April 1, 2010 at 2:29 pm Leave a comment

Chapter 9 of A Survival Guide to Social Media and Web 2.0 Optimization (by Deltina Hay) explains the differencebetween widgets and badges.

Widgets are snippets of code that can be used to syndicate content (RSS feeds), or to add interactive features that you can add to your blog or website.  These interactive features are usually fun and engaging applications comparable to “apps” on an iPhone. Widgets include clocks, countdowns, weather, etc.

On blogs a widget can be added to a sidebar to show a search bar, allow people to get the RSS feed, see archives, blog comments, etc.

A badge is usually an icon or logo that has a link back to a source, which serves as a way of displaying one’s membership or presence in the community on the Social Web.  On my blog, I have badges from Facebook, Scribd, Linkedin and PROpenMic.  Each of these are images that when clicked on will take you to the website that I am a member of.

My twitter icon is also a badge, however the twitter stream showing my latest tweets is a widget since it pulls information from a profile that I’m connected to.

Both widgets and badges are useful because you can show people visiting your site or blog where else you “are” in the Social Web.  You can also add interactivity by adding widgets if it is appropriate to your site.  Adding RSS is a widget that is very useful because it allows people to read your blog without having to check it every day.  Also, you can add widgets at the end of posts that would enable people to share it to other sites like Twitter, Digg, or Facebook. This would greatly increase your presence in the Social Web.

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