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Google Personalized Homepage Module

Title
Google Personalized Homepage Module

Short, concise description of the idea
A module added to Google's Personalized Homepage allowing a user to access journals or friends pages right from the Google homepage.

Full description of the idea
The Google Personalized Homepage is found at http://www.google.com/ig. Google has set up an open system for creating modules to plug-in to the homepage, including the ability to read any RSS feed. Unfortunately, the system is unable to do http digest authentication inline with the URL. A module created specifically for LiveJournal could fix that problem, allowing a user to securely store their login information and display a summary of recent friends posts, comments, etc. including protected posts. This could possibly include a way to update a journal without needing to leave the Google homepage.

An ordered list of benefits
  • Brings LJ into another homepage front
  • Allows for easy access to a person's journal, friends, comments, or updates
  • Allows for access to protected material through authentication
  • Provides users with another option for accessing their journals

An ordered list of problems/issues involved
  • Learning Google's API and implementing the module
  • Ensuring sensitive login data is protected
  • Setting up authentication
  • Setting up methods to feed content to the module

An organized list, or a few short paragraphs detailing suggestions for implementation
  • Create additional RSS feeds to make content accessible to the module
  • Google's API is well documented, and many examples are available
Tags: external services, syndication, § historical
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