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Netvibes May Give My Yahoo Run For Money

kdawson posted more than 7 years ago | from the widgets-on-steroids dept.

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Carl Bialik from WSJ writes "Wall Street Journal columnist Walter S. Mossberg reviews Netvibes, which allows users to create personalized pages with modules that gather headlines, email, weather and other data from all over the Web, and 'combines some of the best features of My Yahoo and [Apple's] Dashboard,' Mossberg writes. More from the article: 'Among the modules you can add to your Netvibes page right from this menu, without navigating to any setup page, are weather forecasts, a notepad, a to-do list and calendar, and modules that perform searches for Web pages, blogs, pictures, videos and podcasts. There are also email modules that will display your new messages from Gmail, Yahoo Mail, Hotmail, AOL Mail or any regular old email account you configure. Others display content from eBay, MySpace, Fox Sports and more.' In an accompanying video, Mossberg demonstrates Netvibes."

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Oh yeah an extended version of (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17844762)

Sage.

Portals are so 1997 (1, Insightful)

scrod (136965) | more than 7 years ago | (#17844788)

Didn't the world move beyond customizable portals with My Netscape? Does anyone actually care about this fluff anymore?

Re:Portals are so 1997 (1)

alshithead (981606) | more than 7 years ago | (#17845418)

Respectfully, IMHO, the entity that gets portals right will be ruler of the intarnet! Seriously, can you see combining voice computing with a semi-intelligent, internet enabled portal?

I get up in the morning and say, "computer, today's weather" and get a audio report of today's weather. Then I say, "coffee maker start" and my coffee maker kicks off. Then, I say, "dogs out" and my doggy door unlocks and the dogs can go out. Then, I say, "computer, my stocks" and get a report of where my retirement funds stand. Then, I say "computer, start shower" and my network enabled bathroom kicks on the shower to the temp I like and starts the bathroom radio/TV to my preference. Then I say, "dogs breakfast" and my automated feeder fills the dogs' bowls. Then I say...whatever, read email, start car, whatever... Yeah, this seems sci-fi but we really are very close to this. Hell, it wasn't that long ago that Heinlein invented the water bed in "Stranger in a Strange Land". Even better, read "The Number of the Beast" with the audio controlled flying car. One of the major keys will be an internet enabled portal.

As a caveat, security will be crucial, don't want the doggy door opening in the middle of the night to allow intruders, etc. Anyway, I think we are pretty close to actually effectively using the many diverse aspects of technically advanced tools in a centrally based system.

Re:Portals are so 1997 (1)

wrfelts (950027) | more than 7 years ago | (#17845566)

Then, I say "computer, start shower" and my network enabled bathroom kicks on the shower to the temp I like and starts the bathroom radio/TV to my preference.
... then my network enabled shower/TV/radio shorts out and electrocutes me. Then my wife says "Computer, cremate my husband." and the house burns down... etc...

yeehaw... sign me up!

Wouldn't the right thing to say be... (2, Funny)

neglige (641101) | more than 7 years ago | (#17845842)

"Tea. Earl Grey. Hot."

Re:Wouldn't the right thing to say be... (1)

alshithead (981606) | more than 7 years ago | (#17846874)

"Tea. Earl Grey. Hot." ...why not? We are very close. The big obstacle I see is having to devote TONS of resources to stemming global warming. Our resources will focus on that and the "luxuries" of our technological world will fall by the wayside. Then, when we see that we're focused on global warming too late, and the world starts starving, our focus will be on trying to maintain some semblance of civilization. Buy your guns now and get some books on growing your own food!

NO! You can't share my bunker!!!

Love your sig...

Re:Portals are so 1997 (1)

Jugalator (259273) | more than 7 years ago | (#17845996)

Yes. I've setup Firefox with a locked tab for my "portal" page (a Swedish one; Superstart.se [superstart.se] ) and it's much more convenient and informative than using bookmarks. In 1997, the web was static, so it can't really be compared.

Re:Portals are so 1997 (1)

Red Flayer (890720) | more than 7 years ago | (#17847378)

Didn't the world move beyond customizable portals with My Netscape?

I don't know -- but since News Corp. paid $580 mil for Intermix's 55% share of Myspace, it seems that wherever the world moved to still has plenty of opportunity for fluff to make cash.

Does anyone actually care about this fluff anymore?

Yes. That's why so many people have RSS feeds, certain Firefox extensions, etc.

Re:Portals are so 1997 (1)

edmicman (830206) | more than 7 years ago | (#17847602)

How to you get a lot of information at a glance? Do you have a single startup page (Google?) and then individually go to each site you want to check in the morning? Are you still using a browser without tabs?

I use Googles /ig page, and when my browser opens I can see at a glance my email, my calendar, and top headlines via RSS feeds from a dozen different websites. All on one page. Why wouldn't you use a customized portal??

Re:Portals are so 1997 (1)

scrod (136965) | more than 7 years ago | (#17850992)

I use Googles /ig page, and when my browser opens I can see at a glance my email, my calendar, and top headlines via RSS feeds from a dozen different websites. All on one page. Why wouldn't you use a customized portal??
Because I use Dashboard [apple.com] , my email client [apple.com] notifies me of new messages while I work, my calendering software [meetingmaker.com] notifies me of upcoming meetings in a similar fashion, and there have long-existed superior RSS reading programs [newsgator.com] with which web-based aggregators would have a difficult time keeping up.

Re:Portals are so 1997 (1)

IgLou (732042) | more than 7 years ago | (#17852658)

Great, if you're using a laptop with wireless or some other mobile computing with the "right software". The strength of portals is based on easy of use and the ability to access from anywhere. My google homepage is available anywhere I go, work, home, friends; it doesn't render so hot on my smartphone but I'm a couple of generations behind. The point is there is a niche that is nicely facilitated by portals and this doesn't require those us who aren't interested in buying more hardware or software to make additional purchases.

I'm not saying there is anything wrong with your setup; if it works for you that's what counts.

Re:Portals are so 1997 (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17854918)

Yes they do, though I'm betting more people would be happy if Netvibes et. al. allowed them to pull up the actual detailed content within their homepage, with their own formatting, instead of always being directed to an external website.

Why hasn't google done something like this? (1)

rizzo320 (911761) | more than 7 years ago | (#17844800)

It strikes me as odd that Google hasn't done something like this already. Personalized Google is OK, but not nearly as user friendly as My Yahoo or Netvibes. It's surprising they lag behind on this.

Re:Why hasn't google done something like this? (2, Insightful)

TodMinuit (1026042) | more than 7 years ago | (#17845166)

Most of Googles stuff comes from internal use. Googlers, like most people in the world, probably don't use personalized portals.

Re:Why hasn't google done something like this? (1)

Thansal (999464) | more than 7 years ago | (#17845194)

Personalized google [google.com] , just incase you were not beign sarcastic.

Admitedly some poeple seem to have problems where it signes them out every time, though I don't have aid problem.

Re:Why hasn't google done something like this? (2, Insightful)

Thansal (999464) | more than 7 years ago | (#17845254)

hit submit by accident...

Alot of the stuff in personalized google is the same type of stuff on my yahoo. Sure it might not look as pretty (personaly I think it looks beter), but I find it to be fulyl functional.

I have up on mine a random game, /., Ruters, a wiki search box, my email, weather, and that is about all I want.

If I want sometihng else you can just add in the RSS feed.

Re:Why hasn't google done something like this? (1)

drinkypoo (153816) | more than 7 years ago | (#17847964)

Amen to personalized google. I've got moon phase, quote of the day, prepackaged RSS feeds from slashdot and reuters oddly enough news, and an RSS reader pointed at scala multimedia's forum feed so I can see what's going on over there with infochannel designer. It loads amazingly fast and it's totally ajax'd out. You can drag and drop things to rearrange them, what more do you want? Adding more content is trivial. I used to have a gmail preview there but then my gmail spam started getting up over 10 per day (in my inbox that is, not my spam folder, where I get about 3300 a month) and it became useless so now I just visit gmail to check it :P (I don't use the gmail notifier for the same reason.)

Re:Why hasn't google done something like this? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17858182)

google personalized home is great, i can pop yahoo mail (which netvibes cannot uless you have the pay for yahoo mail), a yahoo messenger module, podcasts, news, calendar, weather, local movies, google maps, news, network tools, stock quotes, alarm clock, rss feeds, blah blah blah

Re:Why hasn't google done something like this? (0, Redundant)

Zashi (992673) | more than 7 years ago | (#17846222)

May I introduce everyone to

http://google.com/ig [google.com]

It's been done, chi ;)

Re:Why hasn't google done something like this? (1)

Poruchik (1004331) | more than 7 years ago | (#17846634)

I have slashdot feed on my 'personalized google page'.

Re:Why hasn't google done something like this? (1)

DrEasy (559739) | more than 7 years ago | (#17856338)

I've switched from My Yahoo to Google's Personalized Homepage simply because the Yahoo module for their calendar is useless. It is either "unavailable" or requires you to login on a daily basis to get the info. Google Calendar's gadget is much nicer and is always logged in.

Little details I know, but that's how Yahoo is slowly losing its long-time users.

My Yahoo (1)

RaboKrabekian (461040) | more than 7 years ago | (#17844808)

I've used my.yahoo.com as my personal homepage for a few years now and I've been pretty happy with it. It loads quickly and has a nice setup interface for adding RSS feeds. I was skeptical at first but quickly won over once I started playing with it.

Re:My Yahoo (1)

Kris_B_04 (883011) | more than 7 years ago | (#17845600)

I have My Yahoo set up nicely. It does some cool stuff, but I never use Yahoo as a search engine any more. I use google.
One thing I like about My Yahoo is the email, news, cartoons, personalization, blog all under one login.

If someone created something comparable and better, I would switch, simply because I no longer like the Yahoo Search Engine.
  Google would be nice because then I would have a nice search engine along with the things I look at daily.

If these new personal desktop apps give me more control and everything that I want without looking horribly cluttered, and they don't bog down my system, AWESOME!

Otherwise, I'll just stay where I am and wait for something even better...

Kris

Re:My Yahoo (1)

Kris_B_04 (883011) | more than 7 years ago | (#17847152)

Hmmm..
Okay.. I really like Netvibes so far!!!! :)

Re:My Yahoo (1)

cmacb (547347) | more than 7 years ago | (#17848618)

You didn't know Google had all those things?

Seems like a lot of people don't and I'm surprised. I guess I've gone looking for those things and found them and others are waiting for some sort of notification. So here it is:

Google personalized page:

http://www.google.com/ig [google.com]

Google Reader:

http://www.google.com/reader [google.com]

Free home pages:

http://pages.google.com/ [google.com]

Docs and spreadsheets:

http://docs.google.com/ [google.com]

Google groups:

http://groups.google.com/ [google.com]

(groups was fairly sparse until recently but has been updated to include most of the same features as Yahoo groups, and has some of its own unique features as well) ... and so on... there is a big long list once you get an account.

With a couple of exceptions (gmail and homepages where it wouldn't make sense) you can use an existing non-Google e-mail address as a logon. You have to type your full e-mail address each time (unless you have a cookie saved) which is a bit of a pain, but for someone who simply objects to having yet another e-mail address for each service they use, Google is accommodating. Yahoo did this too for a while, but as demonstrated with the recent Flickr changes they seem to be going the other direction now.

Re:My Yahoo (1)

Kris_B_04 (883011) | more than 7 years ago | (#17849192)

It doesn't check ALL of my emails at the same time...

Yes, google has a lot of good stuff, but it's still lacking...
Google remains my search engine of choice however!

Thanks for the info and the links though!!! :)

Re:My Yahoo (1)

cmacb (547347) | more than 7 years ago | (#17898284)

Just a note...

I just noticed that the ability to fetch mail from other servers (via pop) has been added to my gmail account. I understand that it is being gradually rolled out (I have no idea how long I've had it).

Unfortunately, of course, Yahoo and MSN only allow you to POP their mail if you pay for the privilege, while this has always been a free feature of gmail (It was a free feature of Yahoo too until they took it away, which is about the time I got fed up with them).

Re:My Yahoo (1)

Kris_B_04 (883011) | more than 7 years ago | (#17903698)

Yeah... I'm not too happy with them.. I have shelled out the cash to get the "privilege" ... and other stuff that came with it...
It was my best option at the time.. I wasn't too happy about it, but now it's done...

There is something? I just don't like about gmail.. but I can't put my finger on it yet....

Maybe it had something to do with scanning the emails to get ads that fit one's interests.. either way.. at the time I chose not to participate in gmail...

Oh God. (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17844838)

Let the mossberg circle-jerk begin! Whoooo!

MSN, Netscape, Google, etc. (3, Insightful)

Enderandrew (866215) | more than 7 years ago | (#17844856)

Aren't there a huge plethora of sites that allow you to basically collect little applets and RSS feeds for a customized home feed?

Hasn't this been the case for years and years?

Can anyone please explain how this /. worthy?

Re:MSN, Netscape, Google, etc. (1)

rovingeyes (575063) | more than 7 years ago | (#17845262)

Its reviewed by wall street journal. May be it was a slow news day at wall street and they realized that there is some thing called portals.

Re:MSN, Netscape, Google, etc. (2, Insightful)

morgan_greywolf (835522) | more than 7 years ago | (#17845368)

This one is much cooler than any I've seen. It uses AJAX, so changing things around doesn't require a setup page (unlike Yahoo or Google). You want something? Grab it from the sidebar and drop it onto the workspace. Do want something? Click the "X" and it's gone. Rearrange? Just drag and drop! You can refresh the individual boxes too. Plus you can make custom boxes that you can publish for other users to use, too. Very Web 2.0.

Live.com has been doing it for months (1)

donutello (88309) | more than 7 years ago | (#17845442)

start.com has been doing it for more than a year now.

Re:MSN, Netscape, Google, etc. (1)

Enderandrew (866215) | more than 7 years ago | (#17845598)

Google's version allows you to click an X to close, minimize, maximize, drag-and-drop, expand tree-level navigation, use multiple tabs within a page, etc. etc.

Google's version is all AJAX-ified. Have you tried it recently?

google.com/ig

Re:MSN, Netscape, Google, etc. (1)

rlbond86 (874974) | more than 7 years ago | (#17845710)

Agreed... I've tried many portals before I settled with Netvibes about 2 months ago.

Re:MSN, Netscape, Google, etc. (1)

ady1 (873490) | more than 7 years ago | (#17846964)

Not exactly a portal but if you want to read RSS than a much better app is google reader. It's in alpha (google labs) but already pretty stable. try it at http://google.com/reader [google.com] , a screenshot here: http://www.google.com/help/reader/images/help_1.jp g [google.com]

some of the features are:

1. As you read RSS items, they are marked as read. You can also only displaying unread items/feeds.
2. You can label/tag items just like in gmail. You can also star items, again similar to gmail.
3. You can share items which will be available on your public page to be read by others.
4. It's totally useable through keyboard shortcuts. No mouse required whatsoever
5. Being an online app, it maintains your lists, read and unread itmes throughout (duh!)

I've it as my homepage from quite some time and I am totally additcted to it.

Re:MSN, Netscape, Google, etc. (1)

TheVoice900 (467327) | more than 7 years ago | (#17853448)

How is this unlike Google? Sounds exactly like how Google homepage works. There's also the nice feature of being able to add feeds to my Google homepage right from Firefox. Quite convenient.

Re:MSN, Netscape, Google, etc. (1)

djaxl (543958) | more than 7 years ago | (#17846908)

Aren't there a huge plethora of sites that allow you to basically collect little applets and RSS feeds for a customized home feed?

Probably, yes. When I saw the description I was reminded of PageFlakes, which uses ASP.NET / Atlas:
http://www.pageflakes.com/ [pageflakes.com]

(NetVibes appears to be using PHP in combination with an AJAX framework.)

Possibly Slashdot-worthy because NetVibes is getting all the traffic, trouncing PageFlakes and ProtoPage [protopage.com] :
http://www.readwriteweb.com/archives/ajax_homepage s.php [readwriteweb.com]

Re:MSN, Netscape, Google, etc. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17849320)

Google's Personal page does the exact same stuff. If anything, its a complete rip-off of Google.

Great Comment (5, Funny)

jomama717 (779243) | more than 7 years ago | (#17844908)

Loading...

Re:Great Comment (1)

rrohbeck (944847) | more than 7 years ago | (#17850856)

Or, rather:

Loading...

Transferring data from ...

Loading...

Transferring data from ...

(30 seconds later)
"The applet XYZ failed to load due to an unknown error. Please try again later. If it continues to fail, please call the IT helpdesk."

Mossberg review + slashdotted = $$$$ (1)

neutrino38 (1037806) | more than 7 years ago | (#17844928)

Wow, this French startup got a healthy boost today from Slashdot AND Mossberg !!!
Investors, add some $$$ (sorry euros) on your previous checks.

All this Web 2.0 stuff is still very surprising and I am still a bit skeptical. But promised ! I will try it.

Hope that we get the same kind of boost here. (a bit jealous)

Buttvibes May Give My Yahoo The Runs (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17844934)


 

Hooray for Privacy (5, Informative)

Ford Prefect (8777) | more than 7 years ago | (#17845034)

From the Netvibes.com front page: "Gmail Account not configured, use the Edit button to set your login and password".

This site ... isn't a Google service. They want full access to your email? Yeah, right. I can't see how else it would work...

Re:Hooray for Privacy (1)

stumblingblock (409645) | more than 7 years ago | (#17845338)

Well, I certainly don't expect privacy from gmail. But it is a useful free service for the bulk of my nonsecure transactions, and for "chatting". My homepage is a fully decked out Google homepage with all the stuff I can fit, now I can click on Netvibes for an alternate source of info, without much duplication.

Re:Hooray for Privacy (2, Insightful)

AmberBlackCat (829689) | more than 7 years ago | (#17848256)

So giving Google full access to your email is better?

Re:Hooray for Privacy (2, Insightful)

mrbooze (49713) | more than 7 years ago | (#17851256)

*Someone* always has full access to your email, unless you maintain your own email servers and exclusively use encryption in all your messages.

If not Google, then your ISP. Even if you host your own servers your ISP can capture all your mail traffic unless you encrypt it.

Nothing strange (1)

bakuun (976228) | more than 7 years ago | (#17848816)

If you have a little applet that is supposed to check your google email for you, how can it do so if you don't provide it with your email address and password? The same goes for those applets that check Yahoo email, AOL mail, hotmal, etc of course.

Re:Nothing strange (1)

josath (460165) | more than 7 years ago | (#17849184)

There's a difference between something that sits in your systray and stores your username & password, and something that sits on a third-party server, which you have no control over, and stores your username & password (in a non-hashed format, which means other people potentially have access to it)

These aren't the only two on the market... (2, Insightful)

ilovegeorgebush (923173) | more than 7 years ago | (#17845258)

Why wasn't Google's personalised home page included, or the MSN Live pages? Seems to me it's a bit of a redundant comparison.

Similar product (1)

mjdroner (951791) | more than 7 years ago | (#17845278)

Protopage [protopage.com] is another web 2.0 app that does the same thing as netvibes.

Yahoo Mail Beta (1)

jdcool88 (954991) | more than 7 years ago | (#17845326)

I just tried out the new Yahoo Mail Beta, and I must say it's very nice. It takes some of my favorite features about My Yahoo, and improves the email experience too. The only problems I have with it is that it is a little large and doesn't offer the same customization options as My Yahoo (yet).

I used My Yahoo for awhile, but eventually it just wasn't worth it to me. Now that they have some of the same functionality in the same pane as my email, though, I really like it.

All this to say, I won't be using Netvibes, and Yahoo is probably not in danger of giving up much of this market.

Re:Yahoo Mail Beta (1)

eln (21727) | more than 7 years ago | (#17845516)

I tried the beta, and after about a week switched back. The Beta is FAR slower than the old version. One of the best things about Yahoo Mail is its quick and lightweight interface. The Beta totally kills that advantage, and makes it into yet another overengineered mess.

Does anyone know of any opensource products (1)

jfinke (68409) | more than 7 years ago | (#17845416)

that allow for the same thing?

I would like to host my own "portal" interally on my network. I would envision this to be a web page which is a collection of feeds and links to other services. Something like my.yahoo.com or personalized google.

Re:Does anyone know of any opensource products (1)

SpzToid (869795) | more than 7 years ago | (#17845678)

Try Drupal. FOSS CMS: drupal.org.

Re:Does anyone know of any opensource products (2, Informative)

drinkypoo (153816) | more than 7 years ago | (#17847896)

You forgot to provide the actually relevant information, which is that if you want to use it to create a site with user-definable portals, you will need the MySite [drupal.org] module.

I've been using drupal for a short while now (since 4.6 - since then there's been 4.7(.x) and now we're up to 5.1 already - drupal's versioning scheme was recently changed to be more stupid) and while there are some dragons there it's easily the most full-featured free CMS that won't make you cry trying to set it up. In fact 5.x made the installation and administration processes substantially easier.

I'm running two sites on drupal (and soon, I hope, my employer's website, which currently is some homegrown asp/jscript with a mssql backend) and I've been pretty happy in general. There's tons of modules, and most of them even work :)

all in one? (1)

LiquidFiend (1050386) | more than 7 years ago | (#17845736)

Just for the same reason I don't buy all-in-one printer/scanner/fax. If one part breaks, the whole thing is worthless. With this, if someone gets one password, they have access to all of your email accounts and whatever else this site has.

mo'd do3n (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17845744)

A BSD over other 40,000 workstations exploi7ed that. A Standards should

My Yahee, My Yahoo (1)

tepples (727027) | more than 7 years ago | (#17845758)

So it might be better than My Yahoo. But is it better than My Yahee [albinoblacksheep.com] ?

Netvibes Customization with Firefox... (1)

dep01 (730107) | more than 7 years ago | (#17845788)

I wrote this article about how to take customization to the next level with Netvibes and some firefox extensions. Check it out: http://www.pecknology.net/netvibes/index.html [pecknology.net] Cheers, Daniel

Other people's content (2, Interesting)

Ougarou (976289) | more than 7 years ago | (#17845920)

Isn't this going to be the same problem as Yahoo showing Wii pictures from flickr on their Wii page [yahoo.com] ? (Also see: http://www.flickr.com/forums/help/32752/ [flickr.com] ) If netvibes starts adding advertisements to their page (and they will) they will hopefully get the problems they deserve for layouting other people's content.

Re:Other people's content (1)

switchfeet (982197) | more than 7 years ago | (#17846498)

I'm with google all the way, it's super easy for me, however i havn't tried yahoo but i'm gonna stick with what works.

Fai7z0rs! (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17846164)

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How is this better than... (1)

brunes69 (86786) | more than 7 years ago | (#17846532)

http://www.google.com/ig [google.com] ??

In fact it looks more cluttered and less flexible to me.

Slashvertisement? I think so.

No freaking way this will take off (2, Interesting)

melted (227442) | more than 7 years ago | (#17847204)

Google personalized page loads in 1 second. Yahoo takes about the same, maybe a bit longer but is harder to use due to visually noisy design. Windows Live personalized page takes 6 seconds. Net Vibes takes even longer.

The winner is Google, case closed.

Re:No freaking way this will take off (1)

danpsmith (922127) | more than 7 years ago | (#17849670)

Google personalized page loads in 1 second. Yahoo takes about the same, maybe a bit longer but is harder to use due to visually noisy design. Windows Live personalized page takes 6 seconds. Net Vibes takes even longer. The winner is Google, case closed.

Not to mention it integrates with gmail without having to give it something it already knew, whereas you are providing net vibes with info. And gmail is the only web e-mail that actually has a nice mobile solution as well. If you are going to have a portal, it would probably be best to have your web e-mail align with it, and gmail has to be the best web e-mail I've seen.

FRcOST PIST!? (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17847624)

NetVibes - not addressing the rreal issue (1)

pcause (209643) | more than 7 years ago | (#17847674)

What is amazing is that NetVibes isn't even original. Microsoft had this interface running in their start.cm site and then in Live.com before NetVibes launched. The real issue for personalized home pages is that they take work to set up AND more and ongoing work to maintain. Most folks set them up and perhaps update once but then stop using them because their interests change.

There is one of these that addresses the problem called PersonalWeb. It watches where you are surfing and figures out what your interests are and then changes what you see based on what you are doing. They make their money putting ads in the pages and one interesting thing is that they customize the ads to also match what you are doing. You get fewer stupid ads and offers and more things that appear are ads for stuff you actually have been shopping or are interested in. Much less annoying.

Netvibes rocks (2, Interesting)

Ullteppe (953103) | more than 7 years ago | (#17848918)

I've used Netvibes for almost half a year now - really great for keeping up to date with various RSS feeds and bookmarks (due to the del.icio.us support) no matter what machine you're on. The key to having this work is a very clean layout - I've tried both the Yahoo and Google solutions but liked Netvibes much better.

Help the Brim project instead for a OSS one (1)

VGfort (963346) | more than 7 years ago | (#17851978)

While netvibes, pageflakes, start.com (did M$ rip them off?), google personalized home pages are all cool, I'd prefer to have my own private version The Brim [brim-project.org] project is a long ways away from that but it has the biggest chance of becoming a OSS version for you to put on your own server.

It just feels wrong (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17854046)

Netvibes is French. Something about it...just feels "wrong".
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