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Wednesday, October 12, 2005
NetVibes: Google Personal without the Google
This looks somewhat familiar but very cool... and you can import an OPML file to add multiple feeds at once, which is what we've been asking for from Google Personal!! is a customizable web 2.0 homepage solution

This service is free and gives you the user the ability:

  • to create a personalized page with the content you like.
  • to put together data feeds and services from web 2.0 applications with a very simple interface
  • to access your page anytime and from any computer .

Key features of Netvibes:

  • Browse, modify, and import your RSS feeds with our integrated RSS/ATOM feedreader. You can easily import an OPML file as well.
  • Import, download and listen to podcasts without any additional software
  • Check your e-mail on one or many Gmail accounts; stick web notes and weather updates; and many more features to come!
This will let you customise a page without signing in (presumably with cookies?) or let you sign in with an e-mail so that you can access your page on any PC. Netvibes will also let you check your gmail from their page. Looks like a good way to set up a portal!! More OPML importation ahoy!!

Netvibes also have a blog so that you can keep up with their deeds & doings. I think I will!!

Update: Look at how they handle the feeds... (go there & click on a post from one of the default blogs that they include.) You get a spiffy pop-up window w/ the post on the right & a list of other recent posts from the same blog on the left. I like the style, esp. for keeping up with a small number of must-read blogs from a personal homepage like this....

Update 10/13: Can now cite a source for this post!! Saw Netvibes in my referrer list, & Jim at SerotoninRain comments that he's the netvibes user who left the referral. So thanks for the good lead!!

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Posted at 7:41 PM by John.
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Blogger Jim Jannotti said...
I've been using netvibes off and on for about a month now (you're one of the feeds on my page). I like it, with the following reservations:

1. They still don't have automatic feed discovery when you drag and drop a URL. You have to specify the feed URL. Google personal does this.

2. You can't add your own links, just feeds. If they want to be a homepage, I think they need to let me add favorite/fequent links.

But they update stuff all the time, so things might be different tomorrow.

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Blogger Blogger said...
this sucker rocks. I signed up this morning and love it. It could still use a few more features, though

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Blogger Jim Jannotti said...

Netvibes has added a bookmarks tool. Oh yeah!

They must have heard us talking.

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