My buddy Mike Jones from Userplane hit me up with a fantastic question, “what was the first widget ever created?” Sheesh Mike, I posted on that a long time ago! The mother of all widgets is the Guinness widget. 🙂
Seriously though, here is his post:
Readers – I have been asked “What was the FIRST web widget ever created” – my thoughts rolled back to the original hit counters – but I am eager to hear your opinions. If you have any thoughts on the first widgets for the web – please let me know!
I agree with Mike. I think it probably was the hit counter. That being said, if we include badges (Tim Post style) as a sub-class of widgets, the first animated gif was really the first widget.
What do you think my fellow nerd historians?