A Web Of Structure – SmartLink Widgets

Nouns and Verbs

Remember diagramming sentences in high school? I used to love that stuff. The simplest of all structures was the noun-verb structure. That’s all you needed to make meaning out of words. With AdaptiveBlue’s SmartLink widgets, that’s starting to happen to the web.

The AdaptiveBlue vision recognizes that the screens we look at represent things. As gazers and seers of the web, it’s these things we are truly interested in. The fascination of the screen has now long faded, to be replaced by real-world interaction using the web as the medium of our touch. We can, literally, reach out and touch things and cause actions to happen to those things. We can buy a book, rent a movie, order a pizza, to name a few.

SmartLink widgets give us a way to measure those actions. For example, I like blogs. Over in the sidebar, you’ll find a widget labeled “Must Read Blogs”, which is a list of the top 10 most clicked blogs listed in the SmartLinks database. These blogs are things, as real as any book or movie or cd. They represent self-help, photography, tech-help, commentary, astronomy, web-tech, spread across several diverse methods and topics.

Connected through the widget, they become a noun-verb structure. The blogs are the nouns, and their placement on the top ten list indicates the aggregate of previous uses (the fact that somebody else read it). If I assume that the more popular a blog is, the greater the appeal of the content, then I see a sentence that says, in essence, “You must read these blogs.”

Another example is the Readers’ Choice widget. As this list represents the consistently most read pages here, Wordout readers have created that widget themselves. As for me, I trust your judgements.

Personal Web

But that’s not the only way the widgets speak. Further down in the sidebar you’ll see a widget named “Recommended Reading”. These are some blogs I read daily, or as often as they are updated. You’ll see a couple there that are also on the “Must Read” top 10 list, but some that are not. What you can know, in a glance, is that I recommend these guys. Maybe the hover blurb says it’s ranked 500+. If it’s in my list then I personally rank it higher than that. So, depending on how valuable my opinion is to you, you may one day decide to check it out or not.

The widgets can be used to give you a general consensus of what alot of people think about something. The widgets can also give you a more specific idea of what one person, or a relatively smaller group, thinks. Each has its value.

What does it take to make these widgets work on your site? Some special coding knowledge or programming savvy? Nope. You just need to install BlueOrganizer and start making your own widgets, based on what you think is great. The worst you might have to deal with is copying some code from the AdaptiveBlue site and pasting it into your own site. It’s just that easy.

I am Jon, and I’m just a fan, gettin’ the word out, that’s all.