Idle mode update

The recently implemented “Idle mode” have undoubtedly caused a lot of reactions, which we took into consideration to improve our service and meet your expectations. 

From now on, this mode is silently activated after a while and instantly turned off as soon as you  get back to Netvibes by moving your mouse or return to any tab on your Dashboard.

We’d also like to take this opportunity to remind you that this “Idle mode” means in no way an interruption of service: it does not “stop updating your feeds”, and the fact that the counter in your browser tab keeps being incremented is a testimony of that ongoing activity.

We hope you’ll find these adjustments to your liking. Anyway, feel free to give us your feedback by commenting on this blog post, or via our Twitter or Facebook accounts.

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  • Reply Nik May 16, 2011 at 4:12 pm

    This is great that you listen to your users and react so fast. I hope that you will take feedback about recent changes to action buttons into consideration as well! For some of us those changes are even more annoying then idle mode. 

  • Reply Anonymous May 16, 2011 at 4:20 pm

     Since the last update I’ve been getting a few bugs.

    – All ‘yesterday’ posts get marked as ‘may 1’ (Usually in mosaic view) 
    – The keyboard shortcut for next and previous (n -p) get stucked between the ‘yesterday’ and 2 days ago’ posts. This happens in List View.
    – If I try to see some post in ‘web view’ and then go back to the ‘feed view’. The next time I open a post for this particular feed the view is still on web and doesn’t apply my feed view selection.

    Asides from the bugs, Id like to know why did you removed the ‘go to post’ button (>>) in the expanded view.
    The lack of this button as the many actions to remove all posts  and the several new “buttons” in the mosaic view take out the simplicity and usability I love in Netvibes.

    I’m glad the keyboard shortcuts still works, so I can keep doing thing in a single step instead of 2 or three as is right now without the shortcuts.

  • Reply Frank L. Quednau May 16, 2011 at 4:28 pm

    I would hope for the feature to be deactivatable – After all, I almost always use a multi-tab browser. Hence, when I don’t use netvibes it is very likely that I am just on a different browser tab, making the feature a bit of an overkill…

  • Reply MikeNash May 16, 2011 at 5:08 pm

    This is a step backwards and makes Netvibes less usable – can someone suggest an alternate to Netvibes as this new mode is not working for me

    • Reply Freddy Mini May 17, 2011 at 5:36 am

      Please, let me know what you’ve found as an alternate  

  • Reply Davepegz May 16, 2011 at 5:23 pm

     Well, I’ve disabled my script to give it a go, and I must admit it’s a masterpiece of programming.
     Yesterday, when the radio went off, I had to click on a nasty green pop-up box. Now, when it goes off, all I have to do is waggle my mouse pointer madly all over the screen, click the refresh button several times, shut the browser down when nothing loads, open it again, reload Netvibes, and restart the radio. This will obviously help cure the scourge of overweight wrists and underdeveloped index fingers currently plaguing our civilisation – so not only ‘greener’ but healthier too!
    The good news for me is that my ‘Kill The Idle Mode’ script still works, so I’m OK.
    Still won’t be recommending it to anyone else until there’s an off button though…………….. 

  • Reply Dave May 16, 2011 at 5:27 pm

    Still don’t like the whole concept, but at least it’s usable again. Exactly how long is the timeout period? I’d like to do some testing to see what actually happens on my end when idle more kicks in.

    Looking forward to the Stylish/Greasemonkey scripts that’ll automatically send some fake mousemovements to defeat this whole thing.

    • Reply Freddy Mini May 17, 2011 at 5:33 am

      the Idle mode kicks in after 20mns of no activity. it is now totally transparent and for the record is saving us a massive load on our servers.  

  • Reply Dave May 16, 2011 at 5:38 pm

    Davepegz: Please let us know when your scripts are ready for prime time. I’d love a Chrome/Stylish solution to make this all go away.

    • Reply Davepegz May 16, 2011 at 5:56 pm

       I’ll let you know as soon as it’s done. All going well, but out of fairness, I’d like to tweak it to send as small amount of data as possible as infrequently as possible.Trouble is, every time you tweak something you have to wait 20 mins. to see if it still works….. 😉

  • Reply Matt May 17, 2011 at 10:15 am

    If the idle mode doesn’t interrupt the feeds and other widgets then what exactly does the idle mode do to save energy?

    • Reply Callimaco May 18, 2011 at 5:00 am

       I second this question. What does idle mode actually do after this latest update?

  • Reply gutscheinpony May 17, 2011 at 12:45 pm

    That’s the reason why I like your website 😉

  • Reply Joe May 17, 2011 at 5:16 pm

    This seems like totally superfluous “feature”. What purpose does this serve? I’ve been a very loyal user for a number of years and the annoyance caused by this feature has led me to look for an alternative dashboard utility.

    • Reply Freddy Mini May 17, 2011 at 7:31 pm

      Now the idle mode is transparent, what annoyance does it cause you? 

      • Reply Kalmatthew May 18, 2011 at 2:24 pm

        In my use case, Netvibes sits open all day whilst I’m at work, I don’t keep the tab on top a lot of the time but rely on it updating and my browser informing me that the page has changed and there are new articles for me to read.  Alternatively netvibes is open on monitor 2 and I glance at the page checking for unread articles, in neither of these use cases do I interact with the tab in anyway other than looking at it.  With the new idle mode I am no longer finding that netvibes updates unless the tab has focus, this defeats the object of a dashboard as far as I’m concerned.

        • Reply Freddy Mini May 18, 2011 at 6:58 pm

          Thanks a lot for your feedback. You have a point with the second screen frozen on Netvibes for 20+ minutes not updating. For those types of use and in general those who can’t live with the Idle mode in the free offer, we are going to come up with a solution shortly. Stay tuned 🙂

  • Reply Dave May 18, 2011 at 3:58 pm

    Looks like my post discussing Netvibes alternatives was removed. Maybe they DO care after-all if people leave.

    • Reply Freddy Mini May 18, 2011 at 6:51 pm

      Of course we DO 🙂
      This idle mode is saving us a lot. We are working on a solution for those who can’t live with it. Stay tuned for more info shortly.

      • Reply Dave May 18, 2011 at 6:54 pm

        Excellent. I would think you’d still see a huge savings if you just left idle mode in, default it to “on”, but allow those of us who don’t want it to turn it off.  Sounds like a win-win for everybody.

  • Reply Batterylive June 2, 2011 at 3:28 am

     Can you tell me how to subscribe your blog, the feed link is?

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