neoeinstein (neoeinstein) wrote in suggestions,

Google Personalized Homepage Module

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 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
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