Posts Tagged ‘Netvibes’

Will Start Pages Be Around for Long?

August 30th, 2006 No comments

Read/WriteWeb has a great write-up on “Business Models For Start Pages”. It’s definitely a good read for those of you interested in the various companies and the business around it. In particular we like the following paragraph regarding “The Widgetizing of the Web”.

So widgets/gadgets are ramping up to be a key part of the Web platform going forward, which all the start pages (big and small) are ideally placed to leverage. And the smaller start pages have certainly not shied away from building up their platforms. Pageflakes now has 100 “flakes” (i.e. widgets) and recently introduced more customization options. Likewise, Netvibes is putting in a lot of work on their module ecosystem. – Read/WriteWeb

The article puts the start page products and services in very good light and with a decent future ahead. Time will tell…

For those of you less concerned about the business and more interested in start pages as a user, you should give the post and its comments a quick read for links to various products and services. Give them a spin, you might find one that you like.

Don’t forget that we have a widget for managing and staying in contact with your Stickam friends. The widget is currently in preview mode and has been tested to work with Pageflakes, Netvibes and other services.

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Stickam Contacts Widget and Netvibes

August 15th, 2006 No comments

Read that Netvibes hit 5 million users so we decided to go check them out. Netvibes is another web based start page much like Pageflakes. It also includes a Web Page Module which we were able to use with our Contacts widget.

The Stickam Contacts Widget seems to be working well and if the trend of Web Page modules/flakes continues, we will most likely continue with our current approach. By developing only one version of the widget, we will be able to better control and manage the service. We do not have the resources to develop and maintain separate widgets for each of these services. While site specific widgets would have more interesting features, we believe that this approach is still the best at this time.

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