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October 20, 2006
The buzz at Monaco: Netvibes
The media conference in Monaco is just starting, but the biggest buzz so far surrounds Netvibes, the Paris-based company that is putting together do-it-yourself pages with unimaginable combinations of bells, whistles, translations, many of them provided by customers/collaborators around the world. Check it out. I talked to the founder yesterday, Tariq Krim. He also runs GenerationMP3, a leading European gadget blog. In fact, Netvibes started as an inhouse tool for the blog, and then kept on growing. Other Web entrepreneurs here are treating Tariq like a rock star. Rafat Ali is here and blogging.
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I get hits from increasing numbers of people using Netvibes so I've been watching it for a bit. It does seem to be catching on. What I can't figure is why Yahoo didn't beat them to the punch. The MyYahoo page isn't sufficiently compelling to me to do anything more than wonder about it on occasion. My Google homepage is okay, but more and more I'm thinking I should just get a Netvibe account. There is one thing holding me back: privacy. It's not they it's any less secure than Google or Yahoo, but there is a perception of insecurity holding me back. Don't ask me to explain it, because I'm aware it probably doesn't make much sense... kinda like people not buying a car in the wrong color.
Posted by: csven at October 21, 2006 08:51 PM