Disclosure: I’m friends with some of the folks involved with Ma.gnolia.
That said, I’d think this was a pretty cool widget, whoever it came from.
A few weeks ago I wrote about an idea I had for the Spectrometre, an website widget/extension that would give you some interesting metadata about the sites you’re visiting. Ma.gnolia Roots is actually in a similar vein:
We have something to share with you today that weÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re really excited about. ItÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s called Ma.gnolia Roots, and we think it can add some spice to your day-to-day web browsing and to your blogs and other websites.
How it works is really pretty simple, which is part of the appeal: when you visit a web page, click the Roots bookmarklet to see if the page is in Ma.gnolia. If it is, Roots will show you how many people have bookmarked it, the average rating, top tags, and all the descriptions people gave the bookmark. And itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s all wrapped up in a snappy presentation that we think will make you smile.
The idea is good, but the implementation is dead sexy. I really dig the little pop-up fading effect. They’ve also got these little badges you can use to show how many people have bookmarked your site in Ma.gnolia.
Yeehaw, I’m internet famous.