Netvibes Introduces New Drag-and-Follow Facebook, MySpace and Twitter Widget

With the rapid growth of real-time content and activity feeds from sources like Facebook and Twitter, many people are struggling to keep track of multiple friends and interests that change day-to-day. Today, we launched a novel solution and industry first: drag-and-follow widgets. New Facebook, MySpace and Twitter widgets now enable users to instantly create new widgets to follow new interests simply by dragging and dropping any feed item to their personalized page.

Netvibes Drag'n'Follow

The first widgets to showcase this new technology include new drag-and-follow Facebook, MySpace and Twitter widgets. You can instantly create separate new widgets to follow any interesting new conversation, topic or friend they find in your activity feeds, simply by dragging and dropping items onto their Netvibes personalized page. For example, if you find an interesting topic from their Twitter feed, you can click and drag that item to spawn a new Twitter widget to follow just that specific topic.

Here’s how it works:

It should be now easier to extract interesting conversation from your social streams with this functionality. Let us know what you think by leaving a comment. In case you encounter a problem, simply tell us on the feedback page. We’ll do our best to help you.

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  • Reply Sarah July 16, 2009 at 4:57 pm

    I don’t like the Facebook Widget the way it is now; the former version was much better; it showed the pictures of all my friends and I could read immediately (by hovering over a picture with the mouse), what they had written. The pictures were bigger; now they are so small that I can not even see who it is. And when the mouse hoveres over it, It says things like ‘write womething on the wall’. Could you please do something about this.

  • Reply Anonnymoose July 16, 2009 at 5:02 pm

    Agreed, I like the old version MUCH better.

  • Reply jetLag July 16, 2009 at 5:17 pm

    I LOVE the new Facebook SOOOOOO much better. it has the real time news feed and I can really keep up with my friend. Matter of fact, Guys, I know have a full page with all my FB friend simply by dragging and dropping!!

    Anyway, this drag and follow thing is a killer feature. CONGRATS!

  • Reply alvalle July 16, 2009 at 5:27 pm

  • Reply matt July 16, 2009 at 5:30 pm

    It’s ok just get rid of the 4-way arrows that are on EVERY post, makes it too hard to read anything.

  • Reply Ryan July 16, 2009 at 5:35 pm

    What is killing this for me is that i can’t see anywhere to click to open a Facebook tab in the widget. All i used the old one for was to see notifications (new messages/events/adds etc.) and as a link to Facebook. None of the words in the title are clickable which turns it into more of a waste of space for me. I can just add the Links module and get the same functionality. I recognize the benefits of the new one, but my primary needs aren’t met. If it is possible for both to live that would be cool.

  • Reply Netvibes July 16, 2009 at 5:49 pm

    #5: It was a layout bug. Try to reload and/or clear your cache.

    #6: It’s fixed. The title can now be clicked again.

  • Reply marco July 16, 2009 at 6:04 pm

    really awesome o/

  • Reply Sin Trenton July 16, 2009 at 6:10 pm

    Usually you improve something that is already good, but this was.. Sorry, chaps, but fail.

    Too small, three of my friends only show up as "undefined" and what is considered latest update is from a friend that last updated June 23rd??
    PLUS if I reload it, it doesn’t remember my previous choice, but I have to ACTIVELY choose Friends instead of Timeline EVERY time Netvibes is updated?!? (BIG Fail).

    The old one I could quickly see if I had any messages, event invitations and so on. A quick roll-over and I could get the status of my friends.

    This is a widget trying to be a replacement for actually going to Facebook rather than giving you a quick overview. Unfortunately in this it fails on both accounts, both as a Netvibes widget for browsing information and as an attempt to replace actually going to the Facebook site.
    Thankfully I can compensate for this by moving this widget to one of the back tabs (G2HNRU: Good To Have – Not Really Using) and pull forward the Facebook widget on iGoogle.

  • Reply Rex Roman July 16, 2009 at 6:30 pm

    i DONT LIKE the new Facebook widget…. too messy…

  • Reply Steve Wilde July 16, 2009 at 6:33 pm

    Like the concept of the twitter creation widget but it’s a bit unruly with the instructions as well as the 4-way arrow, especially if there are several in one tweet – Is this something that will be slimmed down to just the arrow [possibly a smaller one?] once folk get used to the idea?

  • Reply Chris July 16, 2009 at 6:37 pm

    This is a good direction, but the implementation needs a little more time in the oven.

    In particular:
    – Items from the TED Talks Facebook page show up with a blank user picture and Anonymous as the name. It’s possible TED restricts their use by the API, but there may also be a problem with Facebook pages (not profiles) in general.
    – When you hover over blank user pictures for those who don’t share them with the API it says "undefined." Should be hidden from users.
    – You’ve already addressed clickable title. That was, and until I reload, still is annoying. Thanks for fixing it.
    – When I click the textbox with my status it briefly selects and then unselects. This may be a Google Chrome problem. I’ve seen it elsewhere.
    – Pre-populating the status in a textbox feels unnatural.
    – Still don’t catch a number of notifications. I imagine this is an API limitation, but it makes the widget significantly less useful.

    Otherwise, great work.

  • Reply fac51 July 16, 2009 at 7:05 pm

    Goddamit it adds loads of shite in my nice black page, looks fugly as hell plus it’s hard unintuitive. Just like the weather widget upgrade – load of tosh.

  • Reply MightyM July 16, 2009 at 7:41 pm

    Netvibes you rock.

    Your new facebook widget is just PERFECT! I don’t have to go back and forth on FB no more and I LOVE the drag and follow feature.

    Keep up the fantastic work. thanks

  • Reply Happycamper July 16, 2009 at 7:44 pm

    Your new facebook widget: A+
    That’s all I have to say. love it. Period.

  • Reply Ant July 16, 2009 at 7:44 pm

    the new facebook widget looks terrible on a dark background. I may as well remove it now, just like the weather widget update. gj

  • Reply Muja July 16, 2009 at 7:50 pm

    Please give us the old one back now as a separate widget so those of us that don’t want the new one don’t have to have it.

  • Reply Webbster July 16, 2009 at 8:12 pm

    The new Facebook widget sucks donkey balls.
    The old one was better.

    Can’t you add an option to add and use the previous version ?

  • Reply David July 16, 2009 at 8:14 pm

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  • Reply Benjamin July 16, 2009 at 8:32 pm

    Could you please update the twitter widget to make it more compact like the facebook widget? Currently it has way too much empty space (I have to use stylish on Firefox to clean it up)

  • Reply Andrew July 16, 2009 at 11:30 pm

    PLEASE bring back the old Facebook widget. It was so clean and simple and not messed up by the ridiculous Facebook news feed. At least bring in a filter for friends status updates only.

  • Reply Laurie July 16, 2009 at 11:44 pm

    Now usually, I’m not one to complain when people redesign things. People hate change, and people usually get over things.
    However, with the new Facebook widget making the "small picture" completely useless, I’m not sure I can keep it on my page any more. How am I supposed to see my friends statuses without using the feed view which takes up half the screen with one item?

    But I guess you guys won’t change it back. So what we need now is someone (maybe I’ll look into it) to make a conventional "Facebook Status" widget that just shows thumbnails and status on hover, like the old one. That’s all I used it for.

  • Reply Dizi izle July 17, 2009 at 12:34 am

    I’m having problem with Firefox. My firefox crashes when i try to drag the widget. I’m using firefox 3.0.11

  • Reply Travis July 17, 2009 at 12:52 am

    Please offer old widget and put this one into a beta testing. Doesn’t work with firefox + ubuntu. Got it to work in windows, but buggy (extra content, loads to some point in the past requiring page refresh to get current, bad icon layout (IMO), poor implementation of buttons, etc.). I just want status updates like the old widget.
    If I want the whole news feed I will go to facebook. The idea of having a minimal feed on my homepage is just that, to have a minimal feed not every bit of content on the source page.

  • Reply Mark July 17, 2009 at 2:59 am

    Another one who would prefer the old widget. But really only for one thing. The clear for status on the old widget would clear status without posting an update to my timeline.

    Maybe I’m missing an option somewhere – I’m going to keep looking, but that alone has made this a much less useful widget than the previous one.

  • Reply Brian July 17, 2009 at 3:06 am

    I don’t like the new Facebook widget either. Why would I want to see all the spam in my news feed? Do I really care that one of my friends gave out "Carebear Rainbow Hugs" to all of her friends, and now it’s taking up a quarter of my page with a fruity image of a bear?

    Give me the old one back so I can see my friends status at a glance! The friends display on this one is pointless.

  • Reply Deine Mutter Witze July 17, 2009 at 8:55 am

    My Firefox is also crashing. I am using version 3.5.

  • Reply Brustwarzenpiercings July 17, 2009 at 10:24 am

    I find the new facebook very nice

  • Reply Autoversicherung July 17, 2009 at 10:54 am

    Agreed, I like the old version MUCH better.

  • Reply apa July 17, 2009 at 11:00 am

    I just got rid of the stupid questionnaire spam on my FB home page with FB Purity greasemonkey script but now it floods me through the new widget. Bring back the old version, I just want to see a few status updates, not application spam!

  • Reply Hausmeisterservice München July 17, 2009 at 1:38 pm

    Could you please update the twitter widget to make it more compact like the facebook widget? Currently it has way too much empty space (I have to use stylish on Firefox to clean it up)

  • Reply badghir July 17, 2009 at 2:40 pm

    drag&drop in the bookmarks widget would be fine !!!!!!!

  • Reply Kris July 17, 2009 at 11:04 pm

    I do NOT like the Facebook widget. Please bring the old one back. (Or at least give us a choice!)


  • Reply Hobie July 17, 2009 at 11:24 pm

    I’m iffy on the new Facebook widget, where the only options are tiny pictures with no statuses, or a full Feed view. One dealbreaker though:

    If I have someone’s feed posts hidden on my FB page, they need to be hidden in the widget as well (or have the option to hide them). Too much clutter!

  • Reply Pepa July 19, 2009 at 3:43 pm

    Can we have the old widget too for those that want it? I don’t need what the new widget offers, but the old one was REALLY useful. Please provide a way to keep using the old widget!

  • Reply Pepa July 19, 2009 at 4:14 pm

    Another comment: how is the information different from my Facebook home page? It just offers less (limit=20 is way too few, I can’t keep up to date this way)!

  • Reply Kancelaria Toruń July 19, 2009 at 11:34 pm

    Agreed, I like the old version MUCH better – same here.

  • Reply JohnYY July 20, 2009 at 7:34 am

    I LOVE the new Facebook Widget SOOOOO much better, Great job Netvibes. You rock!

  • Reply SF4EVER July 20, 2009 at 7:36 am

    Guys, you finally implemented Facebook Connect. This new FB widget is, well… what he should have been in the first place. Netvibes level. Love it now.

  • Reply apa July 20, 2009 at 8:39 am

    The widget title is no longer a link to FB home page. Please fix!

  • Reply Jeff July 20, 2009 at 1:38 pm

    "loading user informations" should read "loading user information".

  • Reply jsears July 20, 2009 at 3:08 pm

    Please offer the old version of the widget, or at least allow me to turn off everything but status updates in Facebook.

  • Reply nicolas July 20, 2009 at 3:40 pm

    @jsears: you can close the timeline panel, by clicking on the "Timeline" with the small arrow.

  • Reply Andy July 20, 2009 at 5:07 pm

    This new version looks really bad with the darkvibes theme that I use, is there a way to get the old facebook widget back?

  • Reply Blume2000 Gutschein July 20, 2009 at 7:26 pm

    Please revert it to the old plugins version.

  • Reply Bingoscotland July 20, 2009 at 9:57 pm

    I really liked the old Facebook widget, however the new one is really good but the news feed is annoying and liked it when i could see the bigger pictures of my friends instead of the smaller ones the new widget shows. Would like the option of choosing between the two or being able to remove the newsfeed from the new one.

  • Reply aerosquid July 21, 2009 at 3:32 pm

    I hate to be force "upgraded". Since i use a black theme the large white boxes on the new widget look terrible. I don’t care about the new functionality, i don’t want to drag and drop my friends into separate widgets… Give us the choice of the old one or the new one, don’t be all North Korea about it and force it on us.

  • Reply Rex Roman July 21, 2009 at 7:58 pm

    gave up on the new Facebook widget and removed [Delete Forever] it from my tab… its just too messy for my theme… logging in to is much more easy on the eyes compared to the new [bleh] facebook widget


  • Reply Handwerker Witze July 22, 2009 at 2:41 pm

    the new one is a little bit overloaded.

  • Reply Brian Smith July 22, 2009 at 8:51 pm

    Sorry netvibes but the new facebook widget is total crap! It was perfect before. All I want to see is my friends status updates, and not all this extra garbage. PLEASE drop this news feed crap and make it work like it used to. Change it back or allow the ability to use the old one.


  • Reply power4home July 23, 2009 at 9:03 am

    Wow, these new widgets rocks!

  • Reply Troy July 23, 2009 at 4:49 pm

    After a week of hoping it would improve or give more options, decided to remove this widget. If I want the whole facebook webpage, I will go to Facebook. Just wanted the simple status feed the old widget had.

  • Reply Antwan July 24, 2009 at 1:28 pm

    I agree, new FB widget is much better.

    Actually, comments on pictures/statuses/links are the most appreciated content. To allow to see them and to add ones is a great improvement.

  • Reply Webbster July 24, 2009 at 8:41 pm

    I found a widget which works great and is better than this crappy updated Facebook version.

    Do a widget search for Facebook IPhone.

    It’s description says that it was designed for Safari and might not work well in other browsers, but it does (ok on Firefox and Chrome but surprise, surprise not IE 7/8. But then again who uses that anymore)

    VERY recommended if you hate the "improved" Facebook widget.

  • Reply seo July 24, 2009 at 8:49 pm

    Facebook widget is not crappy

  • Reply Dev July 28, 2009 at 4:09 pm

    Hey guys I LOVE it
    it looks beautiful

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  • Reply Brian Smith July 30, 2009 at 8:54 pm

    soooo. is anyone from netvibes going to give us people who hate the new facebook widget an answer as to if we can use the old widget, or is there any chance you going to be making updates so we can go back to just status view?

  • Reply jsears July 31, 2009 at 4:09 pm

    Please provide access to the old Facebook widget. Your new version may be fine for many users, but there are lots of us who find it unusable.

  • Reply jsears July 31, 2009 at 4:13 pm

    Nicolas, I just saw your response "@jsears: you can close the timeline panel, by clicking on the "Timeline" with the small arrow." That’s not what I am referring to. In the old widget I could get only status updates that my friends posted. In the new widget I get status updates, but they are overwhelmed by the other facebook updates generated when my friends play facebook games, take facebook tests, update their pictures and other actions that simply generate "noise" that I need to sift through. Closing the Timeline doesn’t help me sift through that noise, it just hides it. Please allow us to view status updates only, or provide the old widget. This may be a deal breaker for me, and I’d really hate to leave Netvibes.

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