More new features for the Gadget Dashboard

Friday, May 27, 2011 at 5:48 PM

Did you know we are continuously adding new features to the iGoogle Gadget Dashboard? Today I’d like to let you know about a few of them.

First of all, we added two new data sets to the details page of your gadgets. Now you can see intuitive graphs in the “Installations and Removals” tab, which shows the number of gadget installations and gadget removals, and in the “Browser Errors” tab, where you can see errors recently reported by our end users’ browsers.

As you may have guessed, adding this information made the gadget details page too long, so we introduced a tabular view for that page.

(The tabular view, showing the new “Installations and Removals” data)


(“Browser Errors” table showing the top errors reported by our users’ browsers)

Additionally, the dashboard had been only available in English, but we added 7 other langueges a while ago, so it is now available in 8 languages: English, Spanish, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, Simplified Chinese and Traditional Chinese. The localized iGoogle developer documentation will lead you to the localized dashboard. For example, after you select Japanese at http://code.google.com/apis/igoogle/, you will arrive at http://code.google.com/intl/ja/apis/igoogle/, which has a link for the Japanese version of the dashboard. Alternatively, you can explicitly add the URL parameter “?hl=ja” to the dashboard URL.

Lastly, in the next few days, we will start sending you weekly summary e-mails of your gadget usage. If you don’t want to receive these summary e-mails, you can opt-out from this service by just clicking a link at the bottom of the e-mail. The e-mails look like the following.

Gadget name: Weather

Author email: googlemodules@google.com

Pageviews: 1,000,000 (+5.00% compared to the week of May 30, 2011)

Unique users: ...

Installations: ...

Removals: ...

Browser errors: ...


Gadget name: Youtube Gadget

Author email: …

Pageviews: …

Unique users: ...

Installations: ...

Removals: ...

Browser errors: ...

...


As you can see, iGoogle is still evolving! Happy coding. :)

Posted by Takashi Matsuo, Developer Advocate