I say Widget, you say Gadget...
JohnFeller 110000RUW6 Tags:  web2.0 gadgets situationalapps mashups widgets 1 Comment 1,827 Visits
OK, so I've now heard the fourth different term for what I think is essentially the very samething. IBM tends to use the term Widgets of course to describe blocksof functionality used in different ways. WidgetBox, microformats.organd others use the term Widgets as well. Google has their Gadgets andthe general population of web users seem to use the term Gadgets most often. AOL uses the term Modules, perhaps due to their ModuleT specand the term Components seems to pop up in general conversation aswell. Someday, someone has got to drive the industry to at least cometo concensus on what each of these things are and how they aredifferent -- if at all. My impression is that except for someconceptual differences, we're all rowing in the same direction, we'rejust putting a slightly different spin on it.
I've spent a good amount of time talking with Kevin Lawver from AOL. He is also the author of lots of stuff on Microformats. We're on the same page on this stuff. Perhaps there is an opportunityto help standardize this stuff a bit through microformat definitionsfor these things. He's easily the most interesting person I've met here so far.
Thanks for reading,