A Personal Portal With Netvibes

by Richard on April 11, 2006

This is probably old news to you cyberpunks, geeks and webheads out there, but I’ve just discovered the loveliness that is Netvibes.

Netvibes is a personal news page, which might not sound very exciting. What makes it stand out is not only its ability to take any rss source you can think of and gather it on the one page, but your page can be tabbed so that similar feeds can be grouped together - blog feeds on one tab, Flickr feeds on another, for example. On my front tab I’ve got links to a variety of news services, my Gmail inbox and my filespace at Box.net, which I reckon is pretty cool (if an old geezer like me is allowed to say that).

Notes can be added to pages via a handy webnote feature, bookmarks can be imported from your browser and you can include your del.icio.us list if that’s your thing. There’s a simple to-do list and you can include your iCal calendar if you have such a thing. As well as being able to look at your Gmail or Yahoo! mailbox, there is also the option to display any POP mailbox. Handy or what?

I’m using my Netvibes account as a source of news, as a blog aggregator and as a way of keeping my eye on some Flickr tags all on one uncluttered page. A really useful (and free) service.

[tags]netvibes, news, rss, aggregator, b4G-technology[/tags]

{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

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Ian McKenzie 04.11.06 at 11:28 pm

I have previously heard of Netvibes, but never bothered to investigate the service. Now, based on the “gold-standard” of a Richard Hall recommendation, I have set up a page. ;)

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Steven 04.12.06 at 5:48 am

I prefer Pageflakes http://www.pageflakes.com because they have more features than any other start page. They also just added Feedostyle RSS reader which is a cool new way of reading feeds.

Regards, Steven

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Richard 04.12.06 at 6:29 am

I’m deeply flattered, Ian!
Thanks for the tip Steven. I’ll have a play with that one too.

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