Towards the future of the real-time Web: Netvibes Instant Update architecture

Last week at the Techcrunch Real Time Stream CrunchUp we presented an promising new real-time feed architecture we’ve been working on. It’s fascinating how rapidly the world is embracing Twitter feeds and other real-time syndication technologies. However, traditional media content—in particular blog posts, news sites and RSS feeds—are lagging far behind. Literally.

Our engineers have been busy building an exciting new technology that will provide near real-time updates for feeds and media content. In your everyday use of Netvibes, it means that you will get newly published articles the moment they are published—no waiting and no refreshing. We think that this responsiveness can make a big difference in the way we experience the Web, pushing live events and news to us the instant they occur.

The challenge, however, is managing this constant stream of information. Just as important as making content real-time is making that content manageable. That’s why we’re also creating a completely new real-time feed reader that completely rethinks what a feed reader should be.

In the coming weeks and months, Netvibes will introduce these and many other new tools for the real-time Web, as we transition from the first era of personalized startpages towards an exciting new future: real-time, personalized dashboards.

To see how our new Instant Update architecture will work, here are the interactive slides we presented last week:


This is just a tiny glimpse of the future. The entire team is still working hard day and night to make this future a reality as soon as possible.

The future of real-time is promising for all of us as Web citizens and we excited to see what this future will bring.

Freddy Mini
CEO Netvibes

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  • Reply kdhuk July 13, 2009 at 9:24 pm

    Fantastic ! – let’s hope this comes to fruition ASAP!

  • Reply Tooth July 13, 2009 at 10:04 pm

    very nice module waiting for it!

  • Reply eltonlester July 14, 2009 at 12:21 am

    Wow, that’s going to put you guys way out in front. The extra processing needed to run this must give your network guys nightmares.

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  • Reply Autoversicherung July 14, 2009 at 11:07 am

    very nice module waiting for it!

  • Reply calway July 14, 2009 at 11:27 am

    WoW Netvibes, this sounds exciting. Good luck with your progress, can’t wait to see it.
    By the way, a couple of weeks ago here I mentioned that my Netvibes was much slower starting up than some of its competitors such as Yahoo or iGoogle. Well, a few days ago I decided to change some settings and colors. I decided on Darkvibes and after restarting I couldn’t believe the change in speed.
    I’m happy to say that my Netvibes now loads just as fast as any of the others.
    Anybody else try this and find a change in speed?

  • Reply Money News July 14, 2009 at 12:29 pm

    i am really awaiting the module…

  • Reply Suzy July 15, 2009 at 1:11 am

    Great to see this! Having the news and information you want as soon as it becomes available is one of the most important things consumers want with new technology, but it can be hard sometimes figuring out who gets what and where everything goes. Good luck on this!

  • Reply New Proxies July 15, 2009 at 12:50 pm

    When will this module be released?

  • Reply Johnny Blissed July 15, 2009 at 3:50 pm

    Is there any estimated release date for the module? It seems like a killer feature, so it would be good to know how long we must wait for it.

  • Reply Suchbegriffe July 15, 2009 at 4:38 pm

    i am really awaiting the module…

  • Reply dofus kamas July 16, 2009 at 4:00 am

    when will the module release? Please leave a message for us. Thanks

  • Reply JR July 16, 2009 at 4:53 pm

    Cool. When’s the planned release date?

  • Reply July 20, 2009 at 10:43 pm

    Looking forward for the module release, it sound excellent please keep us all posted for the release date.

  • Reply Jenn July 25, 2009 at 12:48 am

    This looks great. The challenge is always trying to figure out the exact relevancy of everything to push it to the right endusers.

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