Archive for the ‘Start Pages’ category

ZooLoo: Startpage, Social Network and Personal Portal All Rolled Into One

July 15th, 2009

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ZooLoo not only got a name that makes you think of a bunch of animals put together in a room. It is also very new and full with ambition. Too much ambition i think.

They are a Widget Startpage like iGoogle or Netvibes. but they also want to be like MySpace and give you a blog module, photo hosting service, music, videos, etc. All within a social network that also happens to be your personalized portal and site like Ning. And they  even want you to have your own domain and also provide you entertainment content, management tools and even shopping!.

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All of this in a single place that happens to be very new. That is being bold to the extreme, no doubt about it. But if the idea of having a personal hub is your thing, then ZooLoo may be what you are looking for.

Personally, i find the whole idea of having a personal silo on the web in the way they are providing it to be something you would not want from a new site. it is too much, too soon. Even MySpace and Facebook started small and with only a few things. The other problem is scale and adoption. If there is no one of your friends or people to meet in ZooLoo. Why would you want to be in it?. If ZooLoo suddenly had a burst of grow with only free accounts. could they scale and maintain the service online even with the costs and pressure?. not likely.

But i must give it to them. They got a lot of brass to launch with such a wide array of services based on pure face value. But if Wallop failed because it only appealed to a not profitable sector of the world for a western company that happened to had big support (it didn’t even launched-launched). Then the chances to succeed of ZooLoo are not really good either. As neat the service may look.

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via TC 

Netvibes Now Will Recommend You Widgets

June 29th, 2009

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If you are a netvibes user or have not returned in awhile to it because the choice of widgets for it overwhelm you and you don’t know what to choose. then there are good news since now Netvibes will recommend you widgets to add based on what widgets you have previously added.

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A good little thing to have and maybe a boost for Netvibes user engagement. so if you are a netvibes user but have not returned lately to the site. now you know what awaits you in case you want to check it out.

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via TC

Wikinvest Redesigns Website to become Financial Widget Startpage

June 28th, 2009

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Wikinvest is a Financial Widget Startup that focuses in stock charts and financial data charts widgets that are embeddable and shared. now that is not enough to sustain growth so they issued a redesign to their website in order to be more like the financial pages from MSN, Yahoo and Google.

Many call that a hard sell. but it is not only worth a shot but actually doable as the info they provide is at the level and the widgets are really cool and you can take them to go. so if you check your stocks in the morning and want to make a blog on how bad they are sucking or gloat on them. you can add them to your posts not just as petty graphics. but fully functional stock charts.

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Wikinvest

via Techcrunch

Firefox iGoogle Gadget Sidebar

June 10th, 2009

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Just like there are people that seems to love Toolbars and get enough of those, there are other who love to use sidebar for everything.  in this case a iGoogle Sidebar sound like a actually good reason to use one. if you have screen state (1400×900+) and you use Firefox as your Main Browser that is.

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This is the iGoogle Gadget Sidebar and it comes as a extension for FireFox that will format your iGoogle Gadget into their small forms and in a single scrollable column in automatic form.

This results in a good way to be able to check your weather widget have your Google services at a very close reach without having to keep your iGoogle startpage in a tab all day. The iGoogle Gadget Sidebar works with most of iGoogle Gadgets and it is such a good idea that there should be a option for Iron and Chrome where it makes even more sense to offer it. would be great to have in IE8 for that matter, so if i see it elsewhere, i will post on it.

iGoogle Gadget Sidebar for Firefox

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