A lot of you have asked for a way to fully integrate search within Netvibes. Today, we are really happy to bring you a new feature that will allow you to perform complete Google searches within your Netvibes page and have the results appear right in its own new tab. Since the beginning of the Web, people have constantly debated between starting via a homepage or by going to a search portal. Now you can have the best of both worlds, by accessing the full power of search without ever having to leave your personalized Netvibes page. Your widgets, feeds and friends will always be close at hand while you perform life’s daily searches, and you can save your results for as long as you’d like.
Nothing to do on your end: the search field will appear automatically on your page starting today. And since Netvibes is, as always, fully customizable you’ll be able to select a few options to make this new tool your very own!
Let me walk you through those easily configurable options:
The search field can be positioned above or below the page title or you can even hide it if you don’t like the feature. But if you love this option as much as we do and replace your page title with a simple search bar, just uncheck the “display title” option.
Every search result will by default open in a new Netvibes tab so you can easily compare, track or save different results. If you don’t like this behavior you can configure it so the results always show in the same tab. Now you can keep you search within your netvibes and switch, with a single click, between all result categories: Video, Blog, News, Images, Books…
The search engine can also be displayed on your public page but you’ll have to manually activate it since we didn’t want to break your existing designs. You can even create a tab which does a search on your name or company like I did on our own: http://www.netvibes.com/netvibes
Searches are performed on Google.com but we respect the local content configured on your Netvibes so you’ll always have results which suits the best your country. In the future we’ll add more search engines so you’ll be able to switch between them to have your prefered local provider.
Lastly, we wanted to give a quick shout out to the Google Search team. They’ve just been great to work with. Merci! 😉
We’d love to hear your feedback, to please leave some thoughts in the comments once you play with our new features.