Google has just added a pretty nifty feature to iGoogle that will allow users to share their gadgets with others so that they can edit and make changes to them.  Think of it as collaboration for gadgets, like what you can do in Google Docs.

Ryan and I decided to give this a try, so I added the Sticky Note gadget and then shared it with him.  To share a gadget, just look for the triangle in the corner of a gadget and click it to view the drop-down menu. One of the options is “Share this gadget” and then you’ll be able to choose who you want to share the gadget with.

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When you’re sharing a gadget, you have the option to select whether you want people to be able to just view the content of the gadget and not edit it, or view and edit the content. Once you select the people you want to invite, click “send invites” and those people will receive an invite via email.

What I found:

  • Removing someone from the shared list does not remove the gadget from their iGoogle page. They will have to manually remove the gadget themselves
  • Only the person who shared the gadget with someone else can change the settings. For example, when I changed the background color to green, Ryan’s background color also changed. But when he changed the background color on the gadgets, the changes didn’t apply to my gadget
  • Edits show-up immediately between us, we experienced no delays

This could be really beneficial for the Sticky Note or Task list types of gadgets for listing out things that need to be done or items that need to be picked up at the store. Just note that not all gadgets have this feature, but they’ve got a list of the ones that do and some of them include:

  • NY Times Classic Crossword puzzle
  • Expense Tracker
  • Activity Tracker

View the full list here.