Monday, 23 November 2009

Amigos! Freunde! Friends! Друзья!

Googlers live all over the world, and so do Google's users. In fact, more than half of iGoogle's users are outside the US, which is why we're pleased today to announce the release of support for social gadgets on iGoogle in more than 30 languages, from Bulgarian to Vietnamese.

That means if you're developing or thinking about developing a social gadget to help users connect and collaborate on iGoogle, the size of your potential audience more than doubled! Now is a great time to explore our developer's site to learn about developing social gadgets for iGoogle. Or, if you already have a social gadget, you can click here to learn how to make it accessible to an international audience.

To learn more about how to make iGoogle and even more fun and personal homepage, you can check out the video below.

Friday, 20 November 2009

Launching the iGoogle Gadget Dashboard

As Googlers, we love data. More data lets us make better decisions and make improvements to our products. As fellow gadget authors, we know that once you've developed a gadget, it can be difficult to get data that lets you know how your gadget is doing. The stats and comments in the directory are tailored for users, not developers, to help them make better decisions about which gadgets to install. Developers deserve a way to get data that lets them improve their gadgets.

Worry no longer! We're pleased to announce the launch of the iGoogle gadget dashboard, a place where developers can manage their gadgets and see detailed analytics about their gadgets' usage. Right now the dashboard allows you to see user numbers over time, number of gadget loads in home and canvas view, as well a geographic break down of users. We plan on adding more features to the dashboard in the near future which will give developers even more detailed information.

If you've already built an iGoogle gadget, go to the dashboard and add it. All you have to do is log in and enter the URL of any gadget you own or developed. Enjoy!

If you have any questions about the gadget dashboard, please visit the iGoogle Developer Forum.