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UWA Documentation: Remake Your iGoogle Gadgets For Netvibes

iGoogle is closing in a few days. Most people have already moved to a new service, a lot of you have chosen Netvibes (using our migration tool) and we’re very proud of that. And to make sure you feel at home, today we’re releasing a brand new UWA (Universal Web Apps) documentation, to help developers port their iGoogle gadgets to Netvibes without hassle.

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Still looking for your next home after iGoogle closure? Read about all the key benefits you’ll get from registering at Netvibes. For free. Need help building your first dashboard? Read our tutorial.

Plus we’ve got brand new templates to suit all your topical needs: finance, news, sports, videogames, movies & tv, and even a special “refugee” template for all our ex-iGoogle friends.

Now you’re probably asking yourself: that’s great for all my RSS feeds, but what about my gadgets?

That’s what the big news of today is about: the availability of our revised documentation for UWA. Many gadget developers requested this, and it will help them create brand new widgets (or port their favorite ones from iGoogle).

It contains tutorials and sample widgets to get started, as well as a comprehensive documentation for the client-side JavaScript Framework used to render and build Apps with cross-envrionment compatibility.

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Whether you’re looking for the best dashboard to monitor everything or looking to develop your own apps, Netvibes is the perfect home for you. Want to join the family? Head over this page for an easy migration.

Welcome! 🙂

PS: Netvibes also offers premium products for individual professionals, agencies and enterprises, featuring custom social analytics, alerts and team collaboration. Check it out!

Dashboard Intelligence, Product Updates

Is your dashboard running slow? 3 Common Myths About Social Analytics – and How to Fix Them!

Odds are, if you work at an agency and manage a brand, you’re already using social analytics or listening tools to monitor your brand presence on the Web. At first, the marketing promises of “real-time, social monitoring” sounded alluring. However, the reality is that most social analytics today often fail to meet your (and your client’s) expectations. Why?

It’s because most social analytics aren’t technically designed to do what they are marketed to do. In fact, there are three common myths you should know about social analytics:

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E3 2012: Get The Best Coverage In One Single Place With Netvibes "Live Dashboard"

From June 5 to 7, Los Angeles is hosting the biggest gaming event of the year: the E3, also known as the Electronic Entertainment Expo.

Like every year, publishers & developpers will reveal  to the press and public all the new games and gears that will hit the store shelves in the forthcoming weeks and months. Will the Wii U steal the show? What’s cooking at Sony and Microsoft? New hardware? New gaming services? New gameplay experiences? And what are going to be the future big hits?

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Track New Topics Easily with Tab Wizard

If you’ve created multiple dashboards on Netvibes, to cover an event or monitor new trends about a specific brand, for example, you’re already familiar with our “Dashboard Wizard“. Just enter a keyword or two and Netvibes automatically builds a ready-to-use dashboard with the most relevant sources, on any topic that’s important to you.

Ever wish this feature was also available for any new tab you create? Well, good news: Tab Wizard is here!

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Dashboard Intelligence, Product Updates

Netvibes Insights presents: Groupon IPO Deconstructed

A few weeks ago, Netvibes launched Insights, a new series of webinars where you can see all the Netvibes Premium features in action, as we perform a live breakdown analysis of a new brand each month.

If you didn’t sign up for the last one, here’s what we have cooking for the next one. And remember: it’s free!

Groupon IPO Deconstructed

For our next session, we’re going to cover insights about Groupon, particularly around the time of their IPO, along with competitive insights between Groupon, Google Offers, LivingSocial, Gilt City and more…

Did you know Groupon experienced double the normal conversation level around their IPO date? Did you know it was even higher a week later?

Discover why.

Also see:

  • The degree of market penetration Groupon has on competing flash deal sites;
  • How all the major competitors stack up in terms of brand reputation and real-time customer sentiment;
  • Why LivingSocial dominates Groupon and the rest of the field when it comes to true customer interaction.

We will be sharing the insights we’ve found on Groupon. Also you’ll learn how global brands and agencies leverage Netvibes for real-time monitoring and analytics.

This next Netvibes Insights session will take place on December 15, 10am Pacific Time (PST) and 1pm Eastern time (EST).

Interested? Register today for free!

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The Reality of Real-Time Web Services

To all our users, thank you for your quick feedback about our new idle mode. I wanted to take a brief moment to discuss a little bit about why we created this feature, a workaround for those that don’t want it, and what our commitment is to you and all our users.

The real-time Web is a balancing act. Everyone remembers Twitter’s early days with frequent service interruptions. Speed often comes at an expense, obviously, in server costs, but also in terms of reliability. In the not too distant past, traditional websites only had to serve one page per pageview. Today, real-time Web services and live updates can mean continually serving hundreds or thousands of updates for each pageview.

Our challenge:What makes Netvibes so great is that we ping all your feeds and services for updates minute by minute, so you can see a live river of content. We aggregate multiple real-time Web services, from Twitter to Facebook, and more than 1,000,000 different newsfeeds – all constantly updated automatically for our users. This represents about 10,000,000 new items to collect, every day.

Our solution: idle mode. We wanted to create a solution that would be transparent (so our users are aware) and invisible (so as not to cause annoyance). In our first iteration last week, idle mode would kick in after 20 min of inactivity and required users to click to reconnect. Thanks to your feedback, we quickly realized that this was interrupting the user experience – we heard ya!

Our dev team immediately worked around the clock to make it more unobtrusive. Now users can restore their session simply by moving their mouse. Moreover, we continue to count and update your feeds in the background–you can still see the number of new articles climb, even when in idle mode.

This is a critical issue of fairness for all users. Without idle mode, our inactive or “away” users would inadvertently slow down the network for active users. We feel this is the best and fairest solution for maintaining speed and reliability all our users.

Why did Netvibes implement idle mode?

  1. Speed. Less load means greater speed and reliability for users that are active. By implementing idle mode for users that are inactive for 20 min or more, we can save nearly 2/3 of our server load – which means more resources are liberated for our active users.
  2. Sustainability. Less load means fewer watts being burned by our servers.
  3. Economics. We are committed to keeping Netvibes.com free and ad free. We do this in by generating revenue from our business Dashboard Intelligence products. And we do this by being efficient with our bandwidth and distributing it fairly to active users who need it most.

Workaround?
We realize that there is an elite population of Netvibes users who need idle mode turned off. This includes professionals and organizations who want to monitor feeds all day on dedicated second monitors. These types of users would benefit from the Netvibes VIP service. Netvibes VIP members can disable idle mode and they also benefit from personalized project support and guaranteed service agreements – for only €29,90/year, which is just $0.10/day.

Let’s be perfectly clear: This is by no means an attempt to brick our service and force users to become Netvibes VIPs (especially at 10 cents a day!). This is an issue of fairness, speed, sustainability and economics to continue to provide our free users with an ad free service and to empower professional users who want customized support to get what they need. By so doing, we hope to meet the needs of all our different types of users.

Again, thank you for all your patience, understanding and honest feedback.

Freddy Mini
CEO Netvibes

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Dashboard Everything. The answer to the real-time Web.

What moves faster than the speed of light? The real-time Web.

Billions of tweets, comments, RSS feeds, chats, status updates, photos and videos are streamed from user to user, and then replicated and reposted infinitely over and over again–making those original bits defy physics by co-existing all around the world simultaneously–ultimately to reach out to you! Whew!

So how can we manage it all? Dashboard Everything.

When Netvibes first started, our motto was “(re)mix the Web“. It was about accelerating how people experience the Web by bringing together all of their favorite parts of the Web into one personalized place. The ultimate evolution of that led us to create Netvibes Wasabi–the ultimate dashboard for the real-time Web.

Netvibes Dashboards are way more than startpages. Our smart reader lets you view content like a live magazine or as a universal stream of everything that matters to you. Our “drag-and-follow” Twitter widgets let you quickly make new widgets to track new trending topics on the fly. Our push publishing in our Premium Dashboard offering and RSS acceleration technologies dramatically accelerate how quickly content is delivered to you. In short, Netvibes Dashboards are the best and only way to manage your entire real-time Web–not just Twitter or Facebook, but literally every single blog, photo, video, blurb and bit that you want to keep track of.

Our new motto reflects this evolution and is also the answer to how to manage the real-time Web: Dashboard Everything.

Dashboard Everything

The first era of the Web was browsing organized directories (like AOL or Yahoo!). Then as the Web grew larger, we entered the era of search (like Google). But with the explosion of real-time streams, search isn’t enough. In this third era, dashboarding offers a new way to interact with the Web, where it all comes to you, automatically, instead of you going out to it. Netvibes Dashboards let you put all of those streams right into one convenient place, personalized by you and automatically organized, updated and delivered by us.

So how can you get started dashboarding? The Dashboarding Guide

We’ve organized more than 100 of the best tools out there for helping you get started monitoring, listening and analyzing the real-time Web. Monitoring tools like customized Google News search and Digg widgets help you track and keep up to date on topics that matter to you. Listening tools like Social Mention and Trendrr help you discover and follow trending topics. Analyzing tools like Twitter Sentiment and Compete Analytics help you dig even deeper by analyzing reputations and trend charts.

Dashboarding Guide

This is only the beginning. We’re counting on you to help us rate and review these tools, suggest new tools, and share stories about how you use Netvibes Dashboards in your daily life. In the future, we’ll have how-to articles, videos and more to help people learn how they can use dashboarding as a new way to tame the real-time Web.

It’s time to Dashboard Everything.

-Freddy Mini
CEO, Netvibes

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3 Analyzing Tools for your Netvibes Dashboard

After having covered those last weeks 3 Monitoring Tools for your Netvibes Dashboard and 3 Listening Tools for your Netvibes Dashboard we are going to conclude those posts with some analyzing tools.

Having said that, here are 3 free services which will allow you to turn your Netvibes into a powerful dashboard to gather some datas and metrics in order to better analyze and understand what people are saying about your brand or favorite topic. I hope you’ll like those videos.

If you know of more of such analyzing services don’t hesitate to share them with us in the comments.

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3 Monitoring Tools for your Netvibes Dashboard

Lots of you are using Netvibes with the existing widgets you can find in the gallery but do you know you can also use some of our tools to integrate services which don’t have widgets yet?

Here, I’m covering 3 free services which will allow you to turn your Netvibes into a powerful dashboard to monitor what people are saying about your brand or favorite topic. I hope you’ll like those videos.
If you know of more of such monitoring services don’t hesitate to share them with us in the comments.

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