Today I switched homepages. Up until this morning I’ve been using Google Homepage up until today, which was a fairly good service, I just needed something more. I checked out Pageflakes and Netvibes, quickly, I didn’t have much time. I chose Netvibes over something simple: design.
Some of the features Netvibes has and GHomepage lacks:
- The ability to choose up to 4 columns to display the news (In a screen wider than 1024 pixels 3 is too little)
- Icons on your tabs (eyecandy)
- I can read my emails (Not just gmail): I’m sure you can do this too with google, but when I cheked for widgets you couldn’t, and I haven’t checked the widgets in a log time… maybe that’s the problem: Publicize the new or popular widgets.
- Netvibes has themes.
- Netvibes shows the number of unread items next to each tab name.
As you can see, it’s all the little things that made me jump. Still, there are a few things I would love to see improved:
- Oh please, let the back button work again. I hate to press (as a habit) the back button to go to a previous tab and go to the last page I visited. Come on, I know it is fixable.
- Some presentation tweaking: Netvibes allows you to increase the space between feed items, but I could use bigger fonts or even different fonts.
Migration could’ve been easier, I did find a widget for GHomepage that allowed me to export everything to OPML, but it didn’t work with IE6 (which is what I have at work). If I ever move away from Netvibes, I can use their backup feature to export the file to OPML.
I also too a quick look at the Netvibes Ecosystem: I tallows you to see what others are adding to their hompeages. I hope this will allow me to discovers some of the good feeds that I’m missing.
All this said, I think I made a great choice. I think this is this start of a beautiful friendship.
Update: I just read in Techcrunch that Netvibes is going to offer a Universal Widget API. Perfect!