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Freddy Mini

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Happy 7th Birthday, Netvibes!

This week we celebrate the 7th anniversary of Netvibes.com!

Time flies, as every year! There’s a been many new features added to our dashboards these last twelve months (new apps, new optimizations, both for our Basic and Premium users, Netvibes Insights with user ressources and tutorial videos) and we’re going to keep growing throughout the forthcoming ones!

From all of us at Netvibes: thank you for using our dashboards, but also for translating, contributing, critiquing and most of all, loving us. We promise to continue to improve our products each and every day.

Stay tuned!

Dashboard Intelligence, Product Updates

Is your dashboard running slow? 3 Common Myths About Social Analytics – and How to Fix Them!

Odds are, if you work at an agency and manage a brand, you’re already using social analytics or listening tools to monitor your brand presence on the Web. At first, the marketing promises of “real-time, social monitoring” sounded alluring. However, the reality is that most social analytics today often fail to meet your (and your client’s) expectations. Why?

It’s because most social analytics aren’t technically designed to do what they are marketed to do. In fact, there are three common myths you should know about social analytics:

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Dashboard Intelligence, Product Updates

Meet Netvibes Premium

A couple of weeks ago, we celebrated our 6th birthday. Today, we’re celebrating the birth of Netvibes Premium – our new product for professionals!

Over the years, we’ve had many users ask us for professional “intelligence” features – including analytics, alerts and team collaboration. Netvibes Premium is an instant add-on for individual professionals who need intelligence features for business use.

Both Netvibes and Netvibes Premium users enjoy the same dashboard features – but Premium adds a layer of intelligence features to their dashboard. In other words:

  • Netvibes = free dashboards
  • Netvibes Premium = free dashboards + paid intelligence features

Watch a trailer of Netvibes Premium in action:

Sign-up now and get 14 day free trial

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General

Happy 6th Birthday, Netvibes!

This week marks our 6th anniversary! I can’t believe how quickly time flies and how much we’ve grown from a new startpage to the world’s most popular dashboard.

From all of us at Netvibes: thank you for translating, contributing, critiquing and loving us. We promise to continue to improve our product each and every day.

Stay tuned!

General

The Reality of Real-Time Web Services

To all our users, thank you for your quick feedback about our new idle mode. I wanted to take a brief moment to discuss a little bit about why we created this feature, a workaround for those that don’t want it, and what our commitment is to you and all our users.

The real-time Web is a balancing act. Everyone remembers Twitter’s early days with frequent service interruptions. Speed often comes at an expense, obviously, in server costs, but also in terms of reliability. In the not too distant past, traditional websites only had to serve one page per pageview. Today, real-time Web services and live updates can mean continually serving hundreds or thousands of updates for each pageview.

Our challenge:What makes Netvibes so great is that we ping all your feeds and services for updates minute by minute, so you can see a live river of content. We aggregate multiple real-time Web services, from Twitter to Facebook, and more than 1,000,000 different newsfeeds – all constantly updated automatically for our users. This represents about 10,000,000 new items to collect, every day.

Our solution: idle mode. We wanted to create a solution that would be transparent (so our users are aware) and invisible (so as not to cause annoyance). In our first iteration last week, idle mode would kick in after 20 min of inactivity and required users to click to reconnect. Thanks to your feedback, we quickly realized that this was interrupting the user experience – we heard ya!

Our dev team immediately worked around the clock to make it more unobtrusive. Now users can restore their session simply by moving their mouse. Moreover, we continue to count and update your feeds in the background–you can still see the number of new articles climb, even when in idle mode.

This is a critical issue of fairness for all users. Without idle mode, our inactive or “away” users would inadvertently slow down the network for active users. We feel this is the best and fairest solution for maintaining speed and reliability all our users.

Why did Netvibes implement idle mode?

  1. Speed. Less load means greater speed and reliability for users that are active. By implementing idle mode for users that are inactive for 20 min or more, we can save nearly 2/3 of our server load – which means more resources are liberated for our active users.
  2. Sustainability. Less load means fewer watts being burned by our servers.
  3. Economics. We are committed to keeping Netvibes.com free and ad free. We do this in by generating revenue from our business Dashboard Intelligence products. And we do this by being efficient with our bandwidth and distributing it fairly to active users who need it most.

Workaround?
We realize that there is an elite population of Netvibes users who need idle mode turned off. This includes professionals and organizations who want to monitor feeds all day on dedicated second monitors. These types of users would benefit from the Netvibes VIP service. Netvibes VIP members can disable idle mode and they also benefit from personalized project support and guaranteed service agreements – for only €29,90/year, which is just $0.10/day.

Let’s be perfectly clear: This is by no means an attempt to brick our service and force users to become Netvibes VIPs (especially at 10 cents a day!). This is an issue of fairness, speed, sustainability and economics to continue to provide our free users with an ad free service and to empower professional users who want customized support to get what they need. By so doing, we hope to meet the needs of all our different types of users.

Again, thank you for all your patience, understanding and honest feedback.

Freddy Mini
CEO Netvibes

Dashboard Intelligence, Partners

Introducing Netvibes Studio by eXo: A Super Fast Way to Develop and Distribute Universal Apps

Dashboard intelligence helps organizations listen to everything, learn from everyone and act in real-time. We make this possible by providing our clients with nearly 200,000 web apps and custom app development services, so they can monitor and manage all the web apps and services that matter to their business, on real-time dashboards, accessible across all locations and mobile devices. In fact, we already serve more than 500,000,000,000–half a billion–web apps every month.

No wonder why many of the global agencies and Fortune 500 enterprises using our Dashboard Intelligence platform have asked us if there was a way to rapidly develop and distribute their own apps with Netvibes. Now there is: Netvibes Studio, the first dedicated development environment for building universal apps on the Netvibes platform.

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Dashboard Intelligence

Now you can SmartTag anytime, anywhere, on the Web and on the go!

Last year, we introduced SmartTagging to our Premium Dashboard as a way to help people and organizations self-organize and extract deep knowledge from real-time content. It’s more than just tagging — it records user sentiment and uses it to extract real meaning. (Check out a quick video about SmartTagging here.)

Obviously, the more you SmartTag, the more live trends, sentiments and expert opinions you can uncover. That’s why we’re created two new ways to SmartTag anytime, anywhere: on the Web with the new SmartTag Bookmarklet and on your mobile device with Netvibes Mobile.

The best part is that no matter where you SmartTag, it’s all synced in real-time to your Netvibes Dashboard. Read on for more.

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Dashboard Intelligence

Welcome to our new Dashboard Intelligence Website!

Ever since we introduced the concept of Dashboard Intelligence, we’ve received great feedback and questions about how to use Netvibes professionally for real-time business intelligence. Today, we’ve launched a new website that has everything you need to know about Dashboard Intelligence. Check it out at business.netvibes.com!

What is Dashboard Intelligence?
Dashboard Intelligence (DI) is business intelligence evolved for the real-time Web. (We hesitate to simply call it “BI 2.0”, because it’s much more than that.)

Traditional business intelligence applies business logic to corporate databases to create analytic reports and automate standard business processes. This worked great in the ‘90s, when you could impress your boss by turning last month’s sales data into this month’s sales report. But today, the real-time Web is infinitely faster, vaster and more chaotic than any corporate database and business intelligence can’t keep up. (In fact, new research indicates this may be the reason why Enterprise 2.0 isn’t growing as fast as expected; see our report on GigaOm.)

This is where DI comes in. Netvibes Dashboard Intelligence makes the daily chaotic flow of Tweets, feeds, websites, apps and social sentiments manageable and meaningful. The best part is that unlike traditional business intelligence, which is optimized for large corporations, DI can help any-sized team or organization save enormous amounts of time, boost real-time knowledge sharing, and make faster, better decisions.

How does the DI process work?
Netvibes Dashboard Intelligence operates on a new three step process:

1. Listen to Everything – The first step is to regain control over your daily workflow by monitoring everything, both internally (databases, CRM, ERP, etc.) and externally (feeds, blogs, Tweets, friends, customers, clients), all in one real-time dashboard.

2. Learn from Everyone – Next, extract real meaning and knowledge by using smart tagging and filters to pull best ideas, key trends, and hidden experts to the top of the stack.

3. Act in Real-Time – Finally, send live mobile alerts to decision makers, automate reports, and trigger real-time business decisions to stay ahead of the competition.

Over the next few weeks, we will be posting articles and hosting webinars to present Dashboard Intelligence in detail with real-world examples using Netvibes. So stay tuned! In the meantime, you can learn more about each step, and request a demo, on our new Dashboard Intelligence website: business.netvibes.com

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High Five, Netvibes!

Today, I’m proud to announce that Netvibes is turning five–and even prouder to share that we’re growing faster than ever. Not only are we profitable, we’re on track to grow 80% in revenue this year.

As you know, five years are five lifetimes in startup years. Out of all of the industries on this planet, the Web is the most ferocious and fastest changing environment in the history of business. But what’s important is not which species go extinct along the way, but rather what new forms they have evolved into and where they are evolving tomorrow.

We believe Netvibes has survived because our evolution is in rhythm with the entire Web. Our product has evolved from a simple startpage into the ultimate tool to “dashboard everything”. We’ve combined the best technologies from around the Web–from real-time RSS to Twitter to widgets to the iPad and beyond. As the super glue for everything that matters to you, we have created the most universal (UWA), most comfortable (unique dual widget+reader views, mobile syncing), most flexible (unlimited dashboards, unrestricted personalization) and most Enterprise ready (ACL, Netvibes Premium Dashboard Manager, Push Publishing) dashboard publishing platform to manage and monitor everything that matters to you.

The fact that Netvibes continues to grow, especially among professional users, agencies and enterprises, proves that we’re continuing to evolve in the right direction. Our latest innovation is to evolve instantly to match the exact needs of each user via our 1-Click Dashboard Engine, which can automatically create a smart dashboard for you, built around any topic.

NetvibesWe believe that people need more than just new technologies, we need dashboards to manage it all and monitor it all. As a business, we’ve not only created the technology to enable this, but also the services to help you have it all, from design to widget development, custom features, consulting, training, hosting and implementation. We want to make Netvibes the ultimate technology and service provider for every user, every brand and every enterprise that needs to manage and monitor it all.

I started by saying that we made it and the truth is, we made it because of all of you. We didn’t evolve simply to keep pace with the Web. We succeeded by evolving to keep pace with you, your needs and the way you work. And this is the way we’ll continue to evolve into the future.

Stay tuned.

Freddy – Netvibes CEO