Blackspike Design Ltd

Creating an iGoogle theme

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We’re big fans of iGoogle, we use it as a dashboard for all my RSS feeds that we visit most regularly, such as Digg, Reddit, BBC news, BBC London weather, to-do lists, TFLs tube status etc, and we like the fact there are many themes available.

We have always used the elegant Earth Light theme, which changes colour according to season. When it flipped to winter, a new orange colour scheme was implemented. We found this a bit hard to read, so we thought we would have a go at creating my own theme.

To keep track of how many people are using the Blackspike theme, we used the fantastic dapper.net service to scrape the google page for the user count, and created a custom RSS feed and embedded it below using the WordPress wp_rss() function:

Update – Yahoo killed dappr :(

Number of active users:

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