Opera to allow Instant custom Widget creation

In a bid to counteract the growing importance of Firefox Plug-ins and widgets like Yahoo’s Konfabulator, Opera Software has just unveiled Opera Widgetize!, a new free service that allows anyone, anywhere to create their own desktop widgets with just a few mouse clicks.

According to Wikipedia, a Widget is a small specialised desktop application that provides easy access to frequently used functions or provides some visual information.

Currently available for RSS and ATOM feeds, Opera Widgetize! lets anyone publish custom widgets for their blog or Web site so visitors can keep up to date with the latest posts and stories.

Opera Widgetize! also includes features for content producers - bloggers, news services, etc - to distribute the widget on their website.

Although it will work with any site that provides a feed, Opera Widgetize! has been optimized to work with some of the most popular social sites including Yahoo! 360, Blogger, LiveJournal, Xanga, MSN Spaces, Wordpress and Opera's own community site, My Opera.