Friday, February 02, 2007

Walt Mossberg's great review of Netvibes

You can't get a better endorsement that this from Mr Mossberg - Netvibes is on a roll.

The Economist also wrote a great piece today.

It took some time for me to use it instead of My Yahoo!, which had me enthralled for over 10 years but Netvibes is so simple and easy to use I've been hooked for over a year now.

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2 Comments:

At 5/31/2007 03:28:00 am, Blogger Brian said...

I want to see this review, but both here and on the actual page its mixed up with the video for Enso :-(

http://www.betiseblog.blogspot.com

 
At 5/31/2007 02:59:00 pm, Blogger Neil said...

You might also be interested in a brand new start page available called Funky Homepage (http://www.FunkyHomepage.com). It's comprised mainly of Google gadgets (as well as Gadgets from other sources), live news feeds (with your choice of news provider), daily Bushisms, daily jokes, horoscopes, videos, weather (up to 5 locations), interactive calendar, Google calendar viewer (for up to 5 Google calendars), comic strips and lots more besides. It also lets you choose your own search engine, colour scheme, etc.

Unlike many of the other personalised start pages available, there's no need to create an account and it's all already set up for you, with the most popular gadgets organised by category and sub-category. So there's virtually no setting-up work required by the user, making it ideal for the mainstream audience and those (like me) who can't be bothered to do all the work of setting up their own page. More adventurous (and less lazy) users can choose to add their own Google gadgets and RSS feeds, but most people just use the gadgets and tools provided.

Unlike Netvibes, PageFlakes and all the other AJAX powered home pages, Funky Homepage does not use a drag and drop interface. Instead it allows you to select from a drop-down list of the most "popular" gadgets and feeds - "popular" according to the Google gadgets most popular list, that is. As such, it's not really intended to compete with the flexibility of Netvibes and PageFlakes, but instead is intended to address a gap in the market for those who want something a bit more funky than Google or Yahoo, but without all the setting up required of Netvibes and Pageflakes. So only the most popular gadgets are offered. Although it still maintains a large degree of flexibility for the more adventurous users, allowing them to enter their own feeds and gadgets, should they wish. Whether you like it or hate it, at least it offers an alternative from the plethora of AJAX-powered homepages that are now available.

It's free to use and you can check it out at http://www.funkyhomepage.com

 

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