Our apps don't offer enough in-your-face annoying help that pops up seemingly randomly and offers "useful" advice. Noticing this, we decided to take a leaf from Microsoft's book and create Atlassian Clippy (tm), modelled on Microsoft's Office Assistant.
Eric Dalgliesh and Jason Taylor
Clippy aimed to provide helpful hints to users of JIRA:
Jason created a nice series of animated GIFs for Clippy, the first of which is shown here:
We placed Clippy into a gadget and used an iframe inside the gadget to display a JIRA instance.
Suggestions for the Gadgets API
Allow users to put gadgets everywhere, not just on the dashboard.
Allow gadgets a way to get the url of the current page (rather than of the gadget's iframe).