Also known as gadgets or blidgets (blogging widgets), widgets are pint-sized, standalone applications that bring outside content to your desktop or Web site.
Well, here's my addition to the widgetsphere: "Caught On The Fly," an RSS feed utility that takes the top 10 stories from the About.com Fly Fishing Guide Site and puts them in a lightweight widget that can be embedded on your blog, social network or Web site.
The widget itself is pretty simple to use. Just use the scrollbar to find an interesting headline and click on it to go directly to the About.com story.
If a link doesn't peak your interest, keep scrolling until you find something you like.
If you don't have the Flash plugin needed to view the widget, you can install it here.
How to install the "Caught On The Fly" Widget
2. Copy the entire portion of bolded code below (be sure to scroll down and copy the entire code snippet as the ads on the right-hand side have created a gap in the code copy):
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3. Sign into your blog, social network or Web site, open an Html code editor and determine where you want to embed the code for the widget.
4. Once you have located the ideal destination for the widget, paste the appropriate code snippet in the editor.
5. Save the site and preview how the widget looks on the live page.
6. If you are not happy with the installation, just return to the Html code editor and manually delete the code snippet.
7. If you have a problem manually installing the widget, Widgetbox, through which the widget was designed, has a user-friendly page where you can pick the particular code that best suits the site you're publishing to.