I'm not really the kind of gal who gets excited about the newest obscure internet (yeah, that's right, I didn't capitalize it, I'm a rebel, baby) wingy-dingy. But I recently discovered (all right, technically, they reached out to me, and I am so glad they did) a truly fascinating widget (a widget is a little mini-program that you load onto your website and/or blog) that is SO perfect for authors that I immediately loaded it onto my webpage, and then felt compelled to share.
The best way that I can explain it is to tell you to go to my website. I know, I know, but I assure you that I'm not just trying to get my stats up there, it's just that this thing is complex enough that if I explain it here you'll nod and think it sounds cool, but if you actually go look at it, you'll do what I did and will stare at it going, "No way! That is SO cool! Why hasn't anyone thought of this before?! How do I get it?!"
Once you're on my website (I'll give you the link in a sec) scroll down just a tiny bit, look on the right hand side, and click on one of my book covers. EXPLORE what pops up. AMAZING! Roll over all the icons. Be sure to hit the "more" buttons.
And, before you go, be assured that I have zero financial interest in AdaptiveBlue, the creator of the widget. Not only do I have no financial stake, I don't have any friends involved in it. I simply, genuinely, think it's an amazing, FREE, tool for authors.
Let me know what you think.
Once I got that brilliant little baby loaded, I checked out the AdaptiveBlue website to see what other fabulous goodies they had, and, lo and behold, they had another one I thought was interesting. I downloaded AdaptiveBlue organizer, and whoopee! I love this thing!
Everywhere I go online I can use it. It automatically makes a smartlink to the things I'm interested in. So, I enjoy books, of course, and now, every time a book is mentioned on a website, I get a little box next to it, loaded in by AdaptiveBlue, that pops up the same options offered on the widget on my website. I can add a book onto my FaceBook page or my Amazon Wishlist automatically. There are other options, too, for music, movies, wine, etc.
I'm still learning how to use it, but it seems to me that this is the next logical step in making the internet user friendly. You thought it was easy before, but once you see the way this works you're going to wonder why it hasn't been around for years, or why, if it has, you didn't already know about it.
Again, no financial or social interest in AdaptiveBlue or any of its affiliates, just really jazzed about the possibilities. Check it out and let me know what you think of it. http://www.adaptiveblue.com
Edited to add: If you contact them at firstname.lastname@example.org and say Kristy Kiernan sent you, they'll make your widget for you for free .