Have you ever noticed the neat little rotating globe visitor tracker thingy at the bottom of my sidebar? If you haven’t, here it is again:
Petty cool, huh? Guess what? That’s a Flash Widget! Yeah, yeah, I know that you’re not supposed to be able to use flash in a WordPress.com blog. But there it is, in all it’s spinning glory!
But that ain’t all that can be added. Take a look at this little dandy:
Now I don’t know if you think that either of these widgets might be useful on your blog, but if you’re anything like me then you’ve seen at least one on some other blog that you wish you had but didn’t think you could!
How does it work? Frankly, all I know is that it makes use of the little known gigya shortcode built into WordPress.com. I first found out about it when I read Netty Gritty’s How to have Flash embeds in a wordpress.com blog post.
I then found my way over to Widgets for wp.com blogs: 3 – analog clocks on the wordpress tips blog operated by Panos, whose name you might recognize if you’ve ever gone to the WordPress Forums for help. I found out how to do the rotating globe visitor tracker thingy while reading that post’s comment thread. Note that the post has multiple parts, with many very cool clocks!
Later, I ran across how to do the big world clock thingy on panos’ Widgets for wp.com blogs: 4 – world time post. Again, note that this link is just to page 6 of a 6 part post. There are many other world clocks within the post, all with the code you can use on your blog. Both posts also contain a link back to his original post about the gigya shortcode, which shows how you can add almost any flash object to your blog!
Panos has been enormously helpful to me through all the changes that I’ve made to this blog, as have all the other folks, like Netty Gritty, whose blogs are listed on my Help & How To Stuff blogroll.
I just thought that it was about time I gave credit where credit is due!
I want ice water.