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Social Analytics’ text cloud improvements

  • Netvibes
  • January 5th 2017 at 03:46 PM
  • 1 Comment

The What and Where Analytics apps offer several ways to represent their results, one of which is “Text cloud”. Text cloud displays the main keywords mentioned in the results. The more occurrences of a keyword, the bigger it is displayed. This view is especially convenient to spot trending topics at a glance.


However, this view may also generate some noise or display keywords you are not interested in. For instance, an overall What analysis of the New York Times’ homepage feed may show the keywords “BBC” and “Reuters” even though NYT’s sources may not be relevant to you.

That’s where the new improvements come into play. You are now able to hide the irrelevant keywords. To do so, click on the keyword you want to hide and click on the “Hide” option and “Done”. The app will automatically refresh to effectively hide the keyword and display the next keyword in line.


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Netvibes Premium for Team: Switch from edition mode to your own copy of a shared Dashboard in one click

Quick background

With Netvibes Premium for Team, a team leader creates a Master Dashboard with all the content and Social Analytics apps that are relevant to every person on his or her team. Each member – including the team leader – then retrieves a copy of that Dashboard. All the tags added to any copy are shared across the team while other actions – like adding content – are only visible on the copy. Netvibes Premium for Team allows you to collaborate without overwhelming your colleagues with information that is irrelevant to them.

The team leader can choose who is allowed to edit the Master Dashboard and who is not.

What’s new

If you are allowed to edit a Master Dashboard, switching from your own copy to the Master Dashboard will soon be easier than ever: Simply log into your Netvibes account on and open your list of Dashboards.


Click on the “Publisher” line and you will instantly be taken to the Master Dashboard. Make all the edits you want. When you are done, click on the “Subscriber access” button located on the top left-hand corner and you will taken to your private copy.


It is that easy! You will no longer need to log into the Manager to switch back and forth between your own copy and the Master Dashboard.

Want to learn more about Netvibes Premium dashboards? Contact us for a free demo. Together we’ll explore how Netvibes dashboards can help you collaborate and achieve your unique business goals.

New Reading App Views

Dec. 29 update:

As announced last week, we updated the font colors a few days ago. Both your unread and read items are now darker and should be more visible on all types of screen.

More tinkering is currently under development. You should soon be able to do the following:

  • right-click on your articles to mark them as read
  • clearly see when your apps retrieve new items
  • adjust the left-hand side menu when you are reading your articles
  • see all the articles in the dark unread font when you are on a public page.

Thanks again for your comments and feedbacks.

Dec. 21st update:

You spoke, we listened. In the next few days, Netvibes will update font colors on the dashboard for better contrast and visibility, so you can easily read your articles.

Thanks for your comments and feedback! Send us more suggestions for Netvibes here.

Avid readers use their Dashboard in reader view. But it does not make the app view any less worthy of a great reading experience. That’s why we just launched a major layout revamping of all Netvibes reading apps. Here is what’s new:

When you add a new reading app, it will automatically detect the best View setting, which will be one of the following:

  • List. One line per article. Depending on the article’s content, you will only see of its title and the beginning of its first sentence.
  • Condensed. Same as list view but in a smaller font, meaning that more content can be displayed on each line. This view is especially convenient for feeds that publish articles with lengthy titles.
  • Normal. This view displays article titles along with an excerpt of their body texts and a thumbnail if at least one image is provided with the article.
  • Mosaic. Every article is represented by a big thumbnail (if an image is provided) and its title.

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Election Intelligence: Comparing U.S. and French presidential races

  • Kim
  • December 15th 2016 at 10:33 AM
  • 1 Comment

For the past several months, we’ve been analyzing news, social media, polling data and other information in Netvibes’ live 2016 U.S. Presidential Election Dashboard. The U.S. election is now over, but France’s 2017 presidential election is heating up. To track that race, our colleagues in Netvibes’ Paris office have created a live dashboard for the 2017 French Election.

What can Dashboard Intelligence tell us about the different elections? Let’s dig into the data.

2017 French election dashboard

Overview of the French Election

The 2017 French election is currently in the primary process, which works much differently than in the U.S. In France, the primaries are optional and are run by each party in two rounds. France has a number of political parties, but only 2 major parties are running primaries this year: the Socialist party and the Republicans. The general election candidates for other major parties are already known, including: Marine Le Pen for the National Front, Emmanuel Macron, for his own movement, Jean-Luc Mélenchon for the Communist Party, Yannick Jadot for the Green Party, and likely more.

The Republicans held their primaries in late November, and the winner in a surprise landslide was François Fillon, a relatively unknown politician who beat out several favorites, including Alain Juppé and former French President Nicolas Sarkozy.

The Socialists will hold their two-round primary in the second half of January 2017. In a recent twist, current French President François Hollande announced he will not run for re-election in the Socialist primary (presumably due to his poor polling numbers at just 4%). Mr. Hollande is the first French President to not seek re-election since World War II–a reflection of the rising populist and anti-establishment sentiment we’ve seen in the U.S. election and across the EU.


Comparisons between U.S. and French Elections:

  1. Presidential approval ratings: Obama high, Hollande low

One of the big differences between the 2016 US Election and 2017 French Election is the popularity of sitting presidents. U.S. President Barack Obama has enjoyed high approval ratings throughout his tenure, and his approval ratings continued to rise in 2016 as we can see in this dashboard chart. At the end of October 2016, Obama’s approval rating was at 56% (Data source: Huffington Post)

Obama approval ratings 2014-2016


In contrast, French President Hollande is not well liked by his constituents. Over the course of 2016, Hollande’s ratings plummeted to a low of just 4%. (Chart source: Washington Post)


Approval ratings of Hollande


Given Mr. Hollande’s low approval ratings, it is little surprise he will not run for re-election in France. Mr. Obama, of course, was not eligible to run again in the United States due to term limits. Obama’s would-be-successor, Hillary Clinton, had lower approval ratings. Throughout 2016, Clinton remained “unfavorable,” never reaching 50%. As the race closed in November, Clinton’s favorability rating was at 41%, just barely ahead of Donald Trump at 39%.

Favorability: Clinton vs Trump


  1. Social and news mentions do not equal votes

During the first round of the French Republican primary in November, Netvibes analyzed the popularity of hashtags for #juppe and #fillon across social media. We found that #juppe was mentioned far more often than #fillon, by roughly 2-to-1. However, the actual voting results had the opposite outcome, with Fillon winning handily with 44.1% of the vote to Juppe’s 28.6%. (Read the full analysis, in French, on our blog).

Social hashtags: #fillon vs #juppe


In the U.S. election, we saw a similar pattern with Clinton and Trump. Throughout the race, Trump had far more mentions across news and social media than did Clinton. Although Trump won the election due to the U.S. Electoral College, it was Mrs. Clinton, in fact, who won the popular vote with 48.2%, compared to Trump’s 46.3%.

In both the French and American examples here, the candidate with fewer mentions actually got the most votes.

Clinton vs Trump mentions


  1. Top election issues in USA vs. France

When we compare the top election topics most often discussed across news and social media in the two countries, we find some common similarities but more differences between France and the U.S.

For the final month of the American presidential race (Oct. 8 – Nov. 8, 2016), the most-discussed election issues were:

  1. Foreign policy (4.58%)
  2. Healthcare (4.15%)
  3. Tax plans (2.88%)
  4. Climate change (1.65%)

All of these numbers are relatively low because candidate scandals, such as Clinton’s email, largely overwhelmed traditional election issues in news articles and social posts.

Election issues vs candidate scandals


When we look at the past month in France (Nov. 9 – Dec. 9, 2016), the most popular issues discussed are:

  1. Taxes (“Les impôts”) — 35.61%
  2. Islam — 20.35%
  3. Immigration — 16.28%
  4. Unemployment (“Le chômage”) — 13.25%

Top election issues in France


As we can see, Taxes are a top issue for both the French, who consider taxes their #1 issue, and the Americans, who had taxes at #3. However, while taxes take up a large percentage of the French conversation (35.61%), tax mentions were relatively rare among the American electorate, showing up in just 2.88% of U.S. articles and posts.

The other issues in the Top 4 list are completely different between the two nations: Islam, immigration and unemployment for France, while Americans were more focused on foreign policy, healthcare and climate change.


There is a lot more data in the dashboards, as well as many other election topics to discuss. Stay tuned to this blog as we dig into more insights around the American and European elections.

Want a free demo of Netvibes Dashboard Intelligence? Contact us.

Netvibes wins “Most Innovative App” at 2016 Appsters Awards

  • Kim
  • December 2nd 2016 at 02:41 PM
  • 1 Comment

For the second year in a row, we are honored to announce that Netvibes has won an Appsters Award! At the 2016 awards ceremony in London, Netvibes was named the winner for “Most Innovative App.”

Watch the video clip below for our big moment: “And the winner is… Netvibes!”


Netvibes’ award-winning Dashboard of Things makes it simple to automate custom interactions between devices, data and events. Consumers can take control of their digital lives and devices, while enterprises can program their business logic to immediately respond 24/7/365. You pick the Trigger(s) and Action(s) you want to take place, and your Netvibes Potion does the rest.

Example Potions you can create:

  • Crisis alerts – If negative mentions of MyBrand increase for 5 days in a row, then email the social media team and schedule a meeting to discuss.
  • Amplify content across social channels – When my company posts a new blog, automatically share the link on LinkedIn, Twitter and our Facebook page.
  • Device automation – When my Nest Protect detects smoke in my home: If the date is Aug. 13-20 (while I’m on vacation), then text my neighbor. Otherwise, text me.

The Appsters Awards are awarded annually to recognize excellence in the apps industry. Winners were decided by a global panel of judges and honored at an awards ceremony at Apps World in London. Last year Netvibes won the Appsters Award for “Best IoT Development 2015.” See all of Netvibes’ awards here.

Want a free demo of Netvibes Potions? Contact us.

Netvibes wins Most Innovative App

Automatically share content on LinkedIn with Netvibes Potions

With Netvibes Potions, you have the power to control the Internet of Things and automate your business logic to respond immediately, 24/7/365, to events and data triggers. Today we added a new ingredient to Netvibes Potions: you can now share links automatically on LinkedIn. Let’s see how it works.


As with all Netvibes Potions, you customize the trigger(s) and action(s) to do whatever you like. For example, If A or B Triggers happen, then do X and Y actions; otherwise, do Z. (To learn more about Potions, please visit our FAQ page).

Here are a few Potions you can create using the new LinkedIn action:
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Automate your brand’s Facebook Page: Publish content automatically with Netvibes Potions

Netvibes Potions make it simple to take control of your digital life by automating interactions between devices, apps and data. You pick the Trigger(s) and Action(s) you want to take place, and your Potion magically obeys. Today we are adding a new Facebook ingredient to help you do even more. You can now publish content directly to Facebook Pages with Potions, making it easier for community managers to keep fans engaged. (If you’re new to Netvibes Potions, learn more on our FAQ page).


With our new Facebook Page ingredient for Potions, you can automatically publish content to any Facebook Page where you are an Administrator, using any Potion trigger. These Potions can save you time while keeping your social media presence fresh and continually updated.

Here are a few Potion examples where the Facebook Page action comes in handy:

Content amplification:
When my company publishes a new blogpost, then automatically share the link on our Facebook Page and on Twitter.


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New Netvibes Potion Ingredient: Google Sheets

  • Netvibes
  • October 21st 2016 at 03:28 PM

You may have noticed that a new Ingredient appeared in the action section of your Potion wizard: we recently added support for Google Sheets.


This new Ingredient allows you to add a line to any Google Sheets document of yours in response to any Trigger.

Here are a few examples in which the Google Sheets Ingredient is called to action:
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Smart City Dashboard: Improving Transportation and Mobility in Singapore

By analyzing citizen complaints and other online transportation data, Netvibes’ Smart City Dashboard empowers city officials to immediately respond to incidents and improve transit services.


Smart Cities of the future will leverage technology, including data analytics and automation, to better serve citizens and visitors in all aspects of urban life. Transportation is one area that is especially ripe for disruption through the power of data. By analyzing traffic patterns, citizen complaints and other information in real time, city officials can respond immediately to problems and allocate resources more efficiently.

At the 2016 World Cities Summit in Singapore, government leaders and industry experts gathered together to address challenges and share integrated urban solutions. Netvibes provided a Smart City Dashboard for the event, focused on transportation and mobility issues in Singapore.

Challenge: To capture and analyze online citizen feedback in order to continuously improve Singapore’s mobility services

Solution: The Netvibes Smart City Dashboard gathers a variety of online sources, including news, blogs and social media, to analyze what Singaporeans think about transportation in their city. Custom charts reflect real-time data trends, while automated alerts keep city officials informed about important issues. Automatic actions, triggered by data insights, enable the city to immediately respond to incidents and even tweet automatic replies to citizens.

The dashboard is divided into several tabs, designed for different roles in the city government, such as Mayor and the Mobility Manager. The hierarchical nature of the dashboard ensures that insights can be shared readily across departments, while each user has a streamlined view of the information that’s essential to his or her specific role.

Role 1: Mayor

With many wide-ranging topics competing for the mayor’s attention, the mayor needs a dashboard focused on high-level trends in transportation. For example, the mayor can immediately get answers to questions like:

  • Overall, are citizens happy about transportation in the city?


  • What is the trend in sentiment? Are people happier this week than last?


In order to help city officials respond immediately to transportation threats, the Smart City Dashboard has been programmed to act automatically in response to data triggers. For example:
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End of MyYahoo! Japan: Transfer your RSS Feeds to Netvibes

On September 29, 2016, MyYahoo! Japan will shut down its service. If you are looking for a new RSS feed reader, then give Netvibes a try! You can export your RSS feeds from MyYahoo! and easily connect them to a free Netvibes dashboard. Read the details below.

Transfer RSS feeds to Netvibes

Take control of your digital life with Netvibes. You can read your favorite websites and RSS feeds, follow social media, be alerted to breaking news, or find articles on just the topics that interest you. View your calendar, to do list, emails and apps in one place. You can even connect your smart devices to Netvibes to automatically control the Internet of Things. To learn more about Netvibes, visit or watch this overview video. For analytics, team collaboration and other enterprise features, please visit


How to export RSS feeds from MyYahoo! Japan:

Use the export tool feature here:

The tool will create an OPML, which can then be imported into Netvibes.


How to import OPML into Netvibes:

  • Log into Netvibes, if you are not already logged in
  • Click on ‘Reading App’
  • Click on ‘Import OPML’
  • Find the MyYahoo! .opml file
  • Click ‘Import’

Questions about Netvibes? Search for answers on our FAQ site, or reach out and contact us.