Introducing Slate Widgets
First up: Bushisms.
We've been offering you several portable formats for Slate: our mobile site, our e-mail newsletters, and multiple RSS feeds. Our latest feature is a piece of Slate that drops right onto your blog, Facebook profile, or iGoogle home page: the Slate Bushisms widget.
What's a widget? In the online world, widgets are applications built by one Web site that can be placed with ease onto any other Web site or desktop. For instance, an embedded video player functions as a widget, as do weather-report modules and some desktop notifications. While Webheads can place a widget on a site by pasting HTML embed code into the source, the rest of us can join in, too—many social networks, such as MySpace and Friendster, as well as sites with customizable homepages, like Yahoo!, have made adding widgets to landing pages and desktop applications particularly easy.
Here's our Bushisms widget:
To add it to your site, click on "Get & Share," and choose a service. You can also add the Bushisms widget from our Clearspring page. We have a special page that allows Facebook users to add the Bushisms application to their profile: http://apps.facebook.com/slate-bushisms/
And while you're on Facebook, don't forget to join our writers and editors in the official Slate Facebook group.
More widgets are on the way soon.
Patrick Stack is a Web developer for Slate.