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Tuesday, January 02, 2007

Looking to Simplify Media Consumption? Try Netvibes

Further to Andrew's excellent soul-searching post earlier, here's another perspective on simplifying in 2007. This morning I made the semi-mistake of perusing the day's RSS headines on Netvibes, and found myself following a nearly endless series of interesting posts on various blogs.

Like Andrew and most anyone else these days, I too am searching for better ways of reducing info-clutter and staying on task in 2007. Paradoxically, one way of doing that is by managing one's daily reading material better by utilizing RSS feeds instead of visiting news/blog sites directly. But you have to be careful with how you approach it lest you get gobbled up by the seductive quantities of information.

Back to Netvibes, I truly cannot fathom living without it; that's how much I depend on it. Netvibes is one of those newfangled Ajax personal home pages and really is a superior solution for managing online information, whether it be news, social sites, blogs, calendars, e-mails, etc. -- pretty much anything that offers remote access to information through open formats like RSS, iCal, modules, widgets and other formats.

This fact was confirmed to me when no fewer than three year-end "best-of" lists named Netvibes as one of the best products of the year:
So if one of your goals is to streamline your consumption of information in 2007, check out Netvibes. It just keeps getting better and better. A worthy competitor to Netvibes, if it's not your thing, is PageFlakes, which also is vastly improved over its first version. Or you could also try Google Personal Homepage or Live.com, but both of these offerings from the big two are clearly inferior to Netvibes and PageFlakes. In this day and age of rapidly consolidating media, it's nice to see two small players achieve something so impressive. I suspect you'll be seeing both of these services grow exponentially in 2007.

Posted by Cory Kleinschmidt




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