I’ve been playing around with the new Wink profile widget which is a great way to organize all of your various social networks on your sidebar (you can see it in action in our lower left-hand sidebar). Each link in the widget pulls in your RSS feed for that service and then when a visitor mouses over the link, a window will appear showing the most recent items from your feed. It’s an innovative approach to creating a blogroll like function for social networks and web services, which can be displayed in multiple locations, while being managed centrally through Wink. This is part of Wink’s recent focus on “people search”, a way of helping people, with their various online identities, find communities that interest them.
The Wink Widget is one of the many projects that my friend Beach has been working on at Wink (he’s their director of product management) and you can read more about it on his blog.