Just as, or perhaps more critical then visible function of widgets, is the safety of the private information these widgets may be gathering, unbeknownst to the unwitting Publisher who installs them, about their site.
P.U.B. [Publishers Union of Bloggers] has pending inquires to Widget Providers concerning how they generate their income and what percentage of this income goes to the Blog Publisher making the critical decision to allow a Widget on their site for their readers. In addition we are requesting transparency on the critical issue of how the private statistic from Publishers Blogs are being used, hopefully with the Publisher’s permission!
P.U.B. expects to heard back from Lijit on these financial and private statistics issues from P.U.B’s inquiry we sent to Lijit in mid April 2008. When we do we will let great Blog Publishers like you know their deal. Currently we are also working with Blog Publishers to track performance hit evaluations of Widgets too. Let us know if you have any follow up on any of these important issues for the blog community.
Will publish these results to keep the community of Blog Publishers informed on this critical component of Widgets on our Blogs.
On Lijit.Blogspot.com, we will use Lijit and test performance/load/etc, stay tuned!
Barney Moran, P.U.B.