Vista gadget for Trade Me

Today we launched a Trade Me gadget for Windows Vista.

It is designed to help you keep an eye on your current listings directly from the sidebar of your desktop. Of course, you can also use it to track listings from any member – just enter the user name of the seller you’re interested in.

More information about installing and using the gadget

Credits: Thanks to Darryl from Microsoft and Jeremy from Mindscape for putting this together for us.

The gadget uses a new XML feed we have implemented, which returns the details of current listings for a given member.

In theory there is nothing stopping anybody from using this feed to build their own version of this gadget, or perhaps a Mac widget?

If you do build something interesting using this feed drop me the details and I’ll link to you from here.

14 comments on “Vista gadget for Trade Me

  1. Kirk Jackson says:

    Hi Rowan,

    Well done on exposing an API for consuming TradeMe data — I know people have been itching for this to happen…


  2. Mark Wilcox says:

    Hi, could you guys make one for your watchlist? I would find that a LOT more useful.

  3. Nigel Ramsay says:

    I’ve made a start on a Google Widget. Try adding:

    to your iGoogle page.

  4. w00t! Let’s hope we’ll see a lot more of this in the near future.

    I’ve put together v1.0 of a widget for embedding in your blog or site. You can find it here:

  5. Created a basic RSS feed (needs more work on the field but hey, it’s a start and can only get better).

    Used Yahoo! Pipes which took about an hour for me to create (first pipe I’ve smoked ;-)

    Here it is:

    Obviously you need to change the nickname :-)

    Enjoy, and anyone that can help concatenating the other XML fields in the RSS – drop me a line:

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  7. Hello – I just wanted to let you know that tomorrow 16.10 we will launch a new website and you are welcome to upload your gadgets to the site, to get your gadgets presented or just for fun.

  8. Charles says:

    Hey Rowan,

    Here’s my latest experiment:

    Thought you might be interested.

  9. Greg Taylor says:

    I’m very disapointed in a new script I got made for my website. It uses the listing feed to update the buy now url on all of my products. I’ve just found out though that the listing feed only presents 50 results!!! Is there anyway around this?

  10. Wolverine says:

    Hello – I just wanted to say you are welcome to upload the Vista gadgets on our site , we will collect all the great Gadgets on one site, Pro or newbie programmer are welcome to upload, if you are a Business or Private programmer all are welcome, so you can promote your skills.

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