2007, Year of the Widget

TIME magazine’s man of the year is “You” and if that is the case, then widget is a good way to express yourself. Newsweek is declaring 2007 “Year of the Widget.”

Of course with Leopard and Vista almost around the corner, it is hard not to get enthusiastic about the future of widgets. Gabe Dorfman, a Microsoft product manager is predicting a widget boom. Yahoo, MySpace, AOL, and scores of others are part of this “atomization of web” movement. “The Google personal homepage is the fastest-growing Google product,” Marissa Mayer tells Newsweek, “This market is going to be very large.”

I have been following the widget space for some time, though have not written much lately. I have some thoughts percolating on the subject, and they would eventually materialize here on the blog. Niall Kennedy has been publishing some nice widget related pieces on his blog.

Meanwhile, it seems Clearspring Technologies, a Arlington, VA start-up building a widget syndication platform has received funding from Novak Biddle.