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April 20, 2007

Netvibes vs Pageflakes vs Yourminis – Round 2

Filed under: cool stuff, tech — seniorgeek @ 9:48 pm

Back in February I commented about all three of these sites vying for you home page honors.

Now that I have worked with each for a while, I would like to give you an update on who won round 2, but first some new features from each.

Netvibes – Netvibes has to its credit hundreds of modules, thousands of feeds, hundreds of podcasts, thousands of tabs, and events. This gives Netvibes the edge on total number of items that can be configured or added to your page.

The key here is to be able to search through all this vast data to find what you want. This is very difficult as their search engine will only find each word and not combinations. Results returned aren’t necessarily relevant. Why don’t they use Google or Yahoo’s search engine? They need to fix this NOW. Are you listening Netvibes?

I would also like to see the ability to make my own color theme. The colors that are available through their “settings” are very pastel and too bright for my liking. Since just about everything is customizable, why not the themes?

Ok, so I have pointed out some good stuff and some stuff that needs to be fixed. It still is a good host to have as your home page. With all that is available plan to spend lots of time getting it configured like you want.

Pageflakes – Pageflakes has everything Netvibes has, but uses different terms to represent the same items. Podcasts, tabs, flakes (Netvibes modules), are all available with Pageflakes. The selection is much smaller in each category therefore you are more limited in what is already pre-made. You do have the capability to build whatever you want similar to Netvibes. If you want anything specialized you will have to do some building on your own.

Pageflakes has the same problem as Netvibes in that you can not customize the themes. Where is my CSS editor?

The visual quality is much better than Netvibes. The interfaces is clean and resembles MS Windows. I find it easier to use since it has scroll bars and Netvibes does not.

Yourminis – Yourminis is built with Flash so its interfaces fits the Flash mold and not the AJAX metaphor like Netvibes and Pageflakes. This also limits you to the prebuilt widgets and items that comes with Yourminis. There are plenty to choose from so you won’t be disappointed if this is your selection for a home page.

To be fair I have not spent as much time with Yourminis as I have with Pageflakes and Netvibes. So a revisit will be in order after I give it more time and try all that is offered.

SUMMARY – Right now, at least for round 2, I will give the nod to Pageflakes. All 3 are done quite well and the decision will take some time if you really evaluate what each has to offer.

Stay tuned for round 3 in a few weeks.


1 Comment »

  1. Mikey – Thanks for including in the writeup. I’ll tell you one thing for sure – we do listen. So please take some more time and explore and let the world know what you think. We’ll do our best to continue to evolve the product in ways that make sense.

    Comment by Gary B — April 21, 2007 @ 12:57 pm

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