The good folks over at LifeHacker (one of my favorite sites that I visit at least once a day) recently ran a story on the popularity of various home pages. I guess I'm a bit slow on the uptake because a few of the more popular options have never even crossed my mind. I had never heard of Netvibes, for instance, and it is one of the most popular. I've pretty much stuck with my personalized Google page and MyYahoo! for years and years. Well, I'm a sucker for new things even if it is only new to me!
Needless to say, I will be checking out Netvibes tonight.
Alpha Geek: Start-page showdown - Lifehacker:
A perennial favorite, Netvibes scores with its effortless customization, mammoth collection of feeds and modules, and all-around good looks. To speed and simplify page setup, Netvibes provides a sidebar (which you can hide, of course) listing a couple dozen popular modules and a collapsible directory of feeds. Drag, drop, rearrange and you're good to go. Naturally, you can also search the site's thousands of cataloged modules, feeds, podcasts, events and user-built tabs (any tab can be published to the Netvibes directory). A recent update added the option to share your own tabs via e-mail, instant message or code embedded in a personal page like MySpace.
Netvibes offers a choice of 10 themes, though they're really just different colors for the page and module headers. You can also adorn each tab with any of a hundred cute little icons, or import one of your own.
Though I do wish for more color-customization options, Netvibes gets just about everything right. It's the page I want to see first when I fire up my browser.