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Share your Netvibes Potions with just a click

You can use Netvibes Potions to magically receive text alerts, automatically share content on social media, and automate many more tasks from your dashboard. (If you’re new to Potions, learn more on our FAQ page). Today we have a new Potion feature to introduce: with just a click, you can now easily share your Potions with anyone! Here’s how it works.


Once you create a Potion, the Potion will live on your dashboard in its own app (see image, above). From this app, you can monitor all the times your Potion is triggered, edit your Potion’s Trigger(s) and Action(s), or turn the Potion on and off by toggling the switch. In this example, our Potion is pretty simple, using just one Trigger and one Action:
Instagram -> Twitter
When Netvibes posts a new photo on Instagram, automatically share it on Twitter
To share this Potion, click on the menu button in the upper right corner, then click “Share.” You will then see the “Share Widget” pop up.

The Share widget offers a variety of different options for sharing your Potion: email your Potion to a friend, grab a link to share, or instantly post your Potion on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Evernote, or many other third-party services.

Want to try the Instagram->Twitter Potion for yourself? Just click

When your friend or social followers click on the link, they will then have the option to add your Potion to their own Netvibes dashboard (or they can sign up for free if they’re not already a Netvibes user).

Here are two important things to know about Potion sharing:

1. Your personal information and log-in credentials are always private. When you share a customized Potion like this one (Instagram -> Twitter), the new users will be required to enter their own social media credentials in order to activate the Potion.

  • The original Potion: When Netvibes posts on Instagram, then share on Netvibes’ Twitter.

When you share this Potion with Bob, he must customize it as his own:

  • Bob’s new Potion: When Bob posts on Instagram, then share on Bob’s Twitter.

2. For Potions using Ingredients without private log-in credentials (e.g., RSS feeds), you can share those elements of the Potions as-is. Copies of the Potion will continue to act just like the original. This means that new users can enjoy your Potion without having to change their own dashboard’s Personal Corpus. As an example, consider this Potion:

When TechCrunch posts a new article with “Apple” in the title, automatically share on Twitter and Facebook

When you share this Potion, the new user “Bob” will have to customize the Twitter and Facebook ingredients with his own log-in credentials. However, the RSS Trigger on Bob’s Potion will work exactly the same way as it does on the original Potion. Bob’s dashboard doesn’t even have to include the TechCrunch feed!

Bob’s Potion-copy:
RSS-> Twitter and Facebook

When TechCrunch posts a new article with “Apple” in the title [triggered from the original dashboard], then share on Bob’s Twitter and Bob’s Facebook.

Now that you know all about Netvibes Potions, you’re ready to share the magic with your friends and colleagues! Which cool Potion will you create next? Click here to get started, and our wizard will walk you through the easy steps of Potion-building. Or contact us for a free demo.


New Potions with Gmail + Netvibes

Today we have added support for a new Ingredient in Netvibes Potions. You can now use Gmail as a Trigger or an Action in your Potions. Let’s see how it works.


Netvibes Potions allow you to automate actions and alerts from your dashboard by selecting the Trigger(s) and Action(s) you want to take place. For example: If a new article is published about MyCompany, then email me and share the link on Twitter. (To learn more about Potions, please visit our FAQ page).

Potion Triggers: Gmail (new!)

ing_gmail_receive_icoI receive an email

This Trigger fires every time your Gmail account receives a new email

Example Potion #1: When I receive a new Gmail message, then text meAdd this potion to your dashboard!


ing_gmail_star_icoI star an email

This Trigger fires every time you “star” (mark as important) a message in Gmail

Example Potion #2: When I star a Gmail message, then post it on TumblrAdd this potion to your dashboard!


As with most Netvibes Potion Ingredients, you can customize the properties of your Potion to do exactly what you want. Using Example Potion #1, let’s say you want to receive a text message only when your boss emails you. To do this, we need to define specific properties of the Potion–in this case, my boss’s email address.

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General, Potions

Get ‘er done! Productivity Potions from Netvibes

It’s September, summer vacations are over, and your schedule is getting busier. Looking for some new ways to boost your productivity? There’s a Netvibes Potion for that.


Netvibes Potions make it easy to program your own automatic interactions between apps, devices and data on your dashboard. (For an introduction to Potions and Netvibes’ Dashboard of Things, please visit our FAQ page or read more on our Potion blogs).

By automating a few of the tasks on your plate, you can get more done in less time, stay focused and keep yourself motivated. Here are a few Potion ideas to get you started:

  • Morning Motivation – Productivity experts recommend waking up earlier as a way to get a jump start on your day. The challenge is motivating yourself to get out of bed when that alarm clock rings, rather than hitting the snooze button.

    Every morning at 5am, text me a “Motivational Quote of the Day” (from RSS feed)


  • Team Collaboration – Stop emailing spreadsheets back and forth, which wastes time and can create version-control problems. Instead, use Dropbox to share documents, and use a Netvibes Potion to keep you informed of the edits being made. This Potion monitors the shared directory on Dropbox where your team shares files.

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Social Media Automation with Netvibes Potions

Netvibes Potions enable you to automate interactions between devices, apps and data using your dashboard. You pick the Trigger(s) and Action(s)—If X and Y triggers happen, then do Z action—and Netvibes makes the magic happen, automatically.


(To learn more about Potions and Netvibes’ Dashboard of Things, please visit our FAQ page or read more on our Potion blogs).

Potions can automate a wide variety of different tasks. Today let’s take a look at some potions for Social Media automation, so you can save time while expanding your brand’s reach across different social channels.

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General, Potions, Product Updates

Your Business on AutoPilot: Potions for the Enterprise

With summer in full swing, you might be planning some vacation time away from the office. A recent study found that 42% of workers feel obligated to check their work email during vacation. If you’re lucky, you have coworkers who can cover tasks for you while you’re out. But did you know that you can program your Netvibes dashboard to do some of those digital tasks for you?


Netvibes’ Dashboard of Things makes it simple to automate digital activities from the dashboard. You pick the Trigger(s) and Action(s) to create a Potion, and your dashboard magically obeys. For an introduction to DoT, please visit our FAQ page.

As you get ready for vacation, here are some example Potions that can help you relax and ignore your email, but still be alerted immediately if anything important happens.
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General, Potions

Do More with Pocket on the Dashboard of Things

Netvibes’ Dashboard of Things (DoT) makes it simple to automate your digital activities from the dashboard. You pick the Trigger(s) and Action(s), and your dashboard magically obeys. We are continually adding new Ingredients to DoT, and today we are excited to announce we have added two new Triggers on Pocket: archiving and favoriting.

You can now design your Netvibes Potions to be triggered whenever you archive an article or favorite an article on Pocket. This means there are now 3 available Triggers for Pocket on Netvibes DoT:
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