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Keep it fresh
The best way to discover widgets is to surf, sample, and see what works. At the end of the day, a blog's goal is to offer content that makes people want to come back again and again, whether it's your mum or an interested reader halfway around the world.
Accessorise your social space
If you're one of the 50 million people with a MySpace page, or one of the growing number of Facebook users, you've got a world of widgets to choose from. How-ever, installing them isn't as cut-and-dried as it is on your own blog, since MySpace and Facebook offer less leeway in terms of how you can manipulate your page. MySpace actually blocks some widgets, so you need to make sure that the ones you want to add will work.
One way around this is to use Widgetbox, which automatically installs widgets on both sites. When you find a widget you like, look for the MySpace or Facebook icon. If it's there, you can add that widget to your page with just a few clicks.
For Facebook users, there's an even easier way. Facebook now lets you add miniature programs to your profile page, such as a map of cities you've visited or a program that establishes a personal training regimen based on your fitness goals. You can see a huge (and growing) list of widgets by clicking on the Applications link near the top left side of
any Facebook page, or by going to www.facebook.com/apps.