Now a request: if fellow bloggers also use these gadgets, I would appreciate your comments on whether they have proven helpful to yourself and others.
We don't subscribe to or follow blogs via email notification; however, I check weekly for new posts. Thanks, in advance, for any comments.
Perhaps, you've heard the terms, widget, gadget and plug-in and been uncertain about the differences between them.
A widget is a piece of reusable code that can be inserted into almost any website. It is not proprietary and will work on any page that lets the user add HTML coding. You can put widgets on your blog, personal start page or personal website.
A gadget acts like a widget but it's proprietary. That means that it will only work on a certain website or a specific set of websites. Google gadgets are controlled by affiliated Google websites. This means for Google bloggers, a gadget only works on Google pages (even though it can act like a widget).
A plug-in is free downloaded software that can be installed as an add-on to a web browser allowing it to provide added content it was not originally designed to display. Examples of free plug-ins include: Macromedia Flash Player, which allows the web browser to display animations using the Flash format. Other popular ones are Quicktime Player and Acrobat Reader.