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netvibes enhanced!

I must admit, I’ve been a longtime fan of iGoogle and PageFlakes for organizing my own information life and for helping me to guide students in doing the same. Netvibes is now a far more serious contender for my personal portal app love.

Last night netvibes launched the ability to create and publish Multiple Personalized Pages (or MPPs). 

MPPs allow us to create and customize multiple pages with multiple tabs and fill them with widgets and feeds. The  new ability to publish pages allows us to share pages as pathfinders, references tools, and perhaps as library homepages. PageFlakes has offered its publishing feature for some time and I have used it to death. (To my knowledge, iGoogle does not yet allow publishing.)

The impressive netvibes ecosystem allows you to search among a wealth of widget and feed options,  as well as the ability to suggest additions and create your own widgets. Netvibe’s essential widgets help manage your world with calendars, to-do-lists, weather, Twitter, RSS, news, mail, social bookmarks, file storage, shopping, etc. The application also offers a variety of themes and options for layouts.
The Social Nerdia blog shared contributor’s Anna Clark’s netvibe pages:

She has a public page where she shares her tweets, RSS feeds,  and other information with the whole world. Anna also has several private pages, including one for Social Nerdia (Anna stays on top of everything tech through this page), one about the Barcelona soccer team (Anna’s a huge fan), and one in which she can manage her personalized page for The Daily Influence.

Here’s what it looked like as I played around with making a public current events page:

Joyce Valenza About Joyce Valenza

Joyce is an Assistant Professor of Teaching at Rutgers University School of Information and Communication, a technology writer, speaker, blogger and learner. Follow her on Twitter: @joycevalenza


  1. Buffy Hamilton says:

    I’m with you—I decided a few months back to go with Netvibes for my Media 21 project, and I think I will use it for my other pathfinders come August!!! I’ve been playing with it since March, and I really like it.

  2. Donna DesRoches says:

    I too am a Netvibes fan – I use it to collect and share resources for the school division. It also handles Delicious feeds very well.

  3. Librareanne says:

    I love netvibes and have been a fan for a while now. It’s such a great tool for organising your personal and professional learning…
    I’ve started to play around with it for a few other projects including a page for our library.

  4. Lori J. says:

    I’ve been using Netvibes for about a year now, and I love it! I use it to organize websites for teachers and students as well as for my own personal/professional feeds and widgets. Thanks for the heads-up on the MPPs!

  5. Debbie K. says:

    I like it when I’m able to log in. I’m having great difficulties getting into my account. So far, Pageflakes is working better for me. Hopefully, though, the Netvibes people will get me straightened out. I even created a new account using a different address and still couldn’t log in.

  6. Betty J says:

    I love my iGoogle page for organizing work-calendar, email accounts, feeds all on one page) and have pondered Pageflakes to set up pages for teachers by content areas. Now I am convinced to try Netvibes. Thanks for posting this.

  7. Thanks for the link to What a cool site.

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