Netvibes- cool personal start page


I was rambling around the Web today and came across a really cool site that lets you build a totally customizable start page.  Netvibes is very simple to configure and use and tracks your Gmail account, local weather, Web search (Google, Yahoo, MSN search, Wikipedia), as well as any RSS feeds you want.  Excellent start page and I’m hooked.



Neil Williams

You might also be interested in a brand new start page available called Funky Homepage ( It’s comprised mainly of Google gadgets (as well as Gadgets from other sources), live news feeds (with your choice of news provider), daily Bushisms, daily jokes, horoscopes, videos, weather (up to 5 locations), interactive calendar, Google calendar viewer (for up to 5 Google calendars), comic strips and lots more besides. It also lets you choose your own search engine, colour scheme, etc.

Unlike many of the other personalised start pages available, there’s no need to create an account and it’s all already set up for you, with the most popular gadgets organised by category and sub-category. So there’s virtually no setting-up work required by the user, making it ideal for the mainstream audience and those (like me) who can’t be bothered to do all the work of setting up their own page. More adventurous (and less lazy) users can choose to add their own Google gadgets and RSS feeds, but most people just use the gadgets and tools provided.

Unlike Netvibes, PageFlakes and all the other AJAX powered home pages, Funky Homepage does not use a drag and drop interface. Instead it allows you to select from a drop-down list of the most “popular” gadgets and feeds – “popular” according to the Google gadgets most popular list, that is. As such, it’s not really intended to compete with the flexibility of Netvibes and PageFlakes, but instead is intended to address a gap in the market for those who want something a bit more funky than Google or Yahoo, but without all the setting up required of Netvibes and Pageflakes. So only the most popular gadgets are offered. Although it still maintains a large degree of flexibility for the more adventurous users, allowing them to enter their own feeds and gadgets, should they wish. Whether you like it or hate it, at least it offers an alternative from the plethora of AJAX-powered homepages that are now available.

It’s free to use and you can check it out at

Dave A

This is fantastic,
What a good find JK thanks.
Ive been trying to use gmail at work but it is a blocked site by our corperate isp.
but if i use this as my home page it lets me in , wonderful.
Highly recommended


Excellent find, and the site is very cool. It is now my home page as well.

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