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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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15 Responses to “Towards the future of the real-time Web: Netvibes Instant Update architecture”

  1. #1 | kdhuk | July 13th, 2009 at 9:24 pm   Reply

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

  2. #2 | Tooth | July 13th, 2009 at 10:04 pm   Reply

    very nice module waiting for it!

  3. #3 | eltonlester | July 14th, 2009 at 12:21 am   Reply

    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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  5. #5 | Autoversicherung | July 14th, 2009 at 11:07 am   Reply

    very nice module waiting for it!

  6. #6 | calway | July 14th, 2009 at 11:27 am   Reply

    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?

  7. #7 | Money News | July 14th, 2009 at 12:29 pm   Reply

    i am really awaiting the module…

  8. #8 | Suzy | July 15th, 2009 at 1:11 am   Reply

    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!

  9. #9 | New Proxies | July 15th, 2009 at 12:50 pm   Reply

    When will this module be released?

  10. #10 | Johnny Blissed | July 15th, 2009 at 3:50 pm   Reply

    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.

  11. #11 | Suchbegriffe | July 15th, 2009 at 4:38 pm   Reply

    i am really awaiting the module…

  12. #12 | dofus kamas | July 16th, 2009 at 4:00 am   Reply

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

  13. #13 | JR | July 16th, 2009 at 4:53 pm   Reply

    Cool. When’s the planned release date?

  14. #14 | | July 20th, 2009 at 10:43 pm   Reply

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

  15. #15 | Jenn | July 25th, 2009 at 12:48 am   Reply

    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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