The next Netvibes: Wasabi Edition

Netvibes Wasabi Edition

Back in July, we revealed a few details about our work in progress on a new product and a breakthrough backend for the next Netvibes generation. Our goal was to make feed reading faster and easier.

Since then, not only we’ve been giving final touches to the architecture, but we have also designed a full-fledged feed reader. And today, we are happy to introduce you to our next version: Netvibes Wasabi Edition.

This edition makes Netvibes a truly unique and innovative 2-in-1 product offering both the widget view Netvibes pioneered and a brand new Smart Reader to improve the way your read feeds:

  • by streamlining feeds while keeping widgets only one click away
  • by offering faster updates
  • by showing articles as pictures in a beautiful mosaic view


As mentionned above, this new Netvibes will be powered by new technologies. After comprehensive benchmarks, our technical team decided to step away from RDMS (Relational Database Management Systems) and picked Tokyo Tyrant (along with Tokyo Cabinet) as the main database for the feeds.

We might dive into the details later, but in a nutshell, it allows us to go much faster than traditional databases while using only a fraction of the disk space.

Like with any major release, we’re taking extra caution, hence this βeta period where users will upgrade progressively to Netvibes Wasabi Edition.

Here’s how it’s going to work:

  1. Sign up now to get your own βeta invitation
  2. Soon after, we will send out invite codes so you can have access to the new Smart Reader. We will send the codes progressively as we monitor the behavior of the new architecture.
  3. During the βeta period, we will collect feedbacks and regularly update Netvibes Wasabi Edition.
  4. When we’ll be satisfied with the new architecture and the Smart Reader, all Netvibes users will automatically be upgraded to Wasabi.

Before you apply for an invitation code, you need to know that once you’re upgraded to Netvibes Wasabi Edition, there’s no way back. Obviously, we are taking extra care of your data, but consider yourself warned.

Ready? Simply head toward and follow the instructions.

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  • Reply chester October 30, 2009 at 7:34 pm

    Looks promising! Will the smart reader be able to sync with Google Reader? That’s crucial to me.

  • Reply András Bártházi October 30, 2009 at 7:56 pm

    Wow, thumbs up guys! I am really excited about the new features coming with Wasabi. I hope you will support a simple J-K keyboard navigation for Smart Reader.

    Chester, as I see you can forget Google Reader, it will be much better.

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  • Reply gobo November 1, 2009 at 6:12 pm

    “No more hitting refresh. No more waiting minutes or hours for the next update.”

    Nice..the current system was really annoying that it only updated once a day and you had to click the refresh button multiple times to get any feedback.

    Bring on wasabi!

  • Reply takashisenko November 3, 2009 at 2:46 pm

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  • Reply mikegre November 7, 2009 at 10:25 pm

    How’s about a beta invite? Pretty please….

  • Reply Seika November 9, 2009 at 2:19 am

    Signed the beta queue and waiting. Has the invite codes been sent to users ?
    Really hope that this could become an alternative to Google Reader.

  • Reply Ferien Eifel November 11, 2009 at 7:17 pm

    I love wasabi edition! Greetz from Eifel Ferien

  • Reply Joe November 12, 2009 at 4:20 pm

    Are invitations still being given out? What is the turn around time?

  • Reply evano November 12, 2009 at 9:32 pm

    I don’t get it… I applied for an invite code, but haven’t heard anything yet.

    Today I got an email with subject, “Be the first to test the new Netvibes: enter Wasabi beta version !”

    So, I click the big green “Test Wasabi!” button and I get to a page that tells me to enter my invite code. I haven’t gotten an invite code. The link from here goes to that same page.

    Something is weird unless you’re intentionally playing tricks and leading me on a wild goose chase… What’s up?

  • Reply Dave November 12, 2009 at 10:10 pm

    @evano: Same here – I would really like to try it out though! It looks great from the screenshots!

  • Reply gobo November 12, 2009 at 10:22 pm

    Same problem as evano. What’s the holdup?

  • Reply Marco November 12, 2009 at 10:54 pm

    I guess the mail was the first *official* announcement from Netvibes.

  • Reply Dave November 12, 2009 at 11:02 pm


    Ahh well hopefully we’ll get codes before the flood of people make their requests 😀

  • Reply evano November 13, 2009 at 2:35 am

    They’re messing with my early adopter reputation… Once you lose that edge, it’s really difficult to get it back… 🙂

  • Reply antonio November 24, 2009 at 10:52 pm

    Every time I refresh netvibes page all feed items are marked as unread, please fix it.

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  • Reply Joe November 25, 2009 at 8:36 pm

    I was just wondering if there was a forum or tracking system to report issues/suggestions back to netvibes for wasabi? It would be helpful to see what was already reported and see what issues others are having.

  • Reply Martha Jones November 26, 2009 at 12:54 am

    It sounds great. I gonna try it out for myself. 🙂

  • Reply Gilles November 27, 2009 at 12:45 pm

    Got an invite on 24th and applied as soon as I received your mail but I still do not see any difference (no access to smart reader…) when connecting to netvibes
    Did I miss something ?

  • Reply mlkramer November 27, 2009 at 5:55 pm

    yea…not seeing the wasabi edition when I log in either. Entered invite code, logged in and it looks the same

  • Reply Dave November 28, 2009 at 3:07 pm

    @25: you have to completely logout from netvibes, then log back in to see Wasabi edition

  • Reply Heather November 28, 2009 at 10:23 pm

    @26 I’m having the same problem and have tried signing in and out several times. I’m hoping it has a ‘star’ type of function like GR then it will my ultimate ( for now) function program.

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