Today Webwag launches Widgets On Demand (WOD) their widget killer application as announced by Webwag’s founder Franck Poisson on a comment to an earlier post here on quoi9. I’ve been having a look at it over the weekend and its quite nifty really. We’ve recently seen Pageflakes proposing ‘widgets to take-out’. Then there was Netvibes with ‘lend us your google gadgets’ and now we’ve got ‘if you like it, just cut it out‘. Because that is how simple WOD makes it to change, just about anything on a web page, into a widget and bung it on you Webwag portal.
Once you’ve given WOD the URL of the page your interested in, that page opens inside Webwag, then you just highlight the area that you want as a widget on your start page, click done and that is all. Your – up to date – XML driven – dynamic widget is yours.
After all, thats where the interest in widgets lie, they contain updated information. With this in mind I tried a couple of DIY widgets myself. First off, a visit to auntie (the BBC) to cut out the news ticker. Which worked well – although a little short in length, (auntie’s tickers are quite long, as befits her age I might add), Webwag are working on a ‘free-size WOD’ version Frank tells me. Next up, MÃ©tÃ©o France to cut out the weather map for ‘le gard’ (the county I’m stuck in) and that worked fine, complete with little rain clouds moving. Over to Last.FM to cut out the Similar Artist Radio Station, slap it on Webwag, throw in a band and were off into streaming music. All done in a the wink of a WOD.