NetVibes is a free service that lets people build a personalized web page (“dashboard”) by aggregating content from multiple sources via widgets, like iGoogle or My Yahoo, and unlike them, Netvibes features an elegant look and feel. Users can easily customize their page with Netvibes modules, that include an RSS/Atom feed reader, local weather forecasts, a calendar, bookmarks, notes, to-do lists, multiple searches, support for POP3, IMAP4 email as well as several webmail providers including Gmail, Yahoo Mail, Hotmail, and AOL Mail, Box.net web storage, Delicious, Meebo, Flickr photos, podcast support with a built in audio player, and more…
Similarly to the free version, with Premium Dashboard, professional teams are able to aggregate everything from the internet and the intranet in one single place, using the premium publishing features, they can easily collaborate in the process (see publishing admin screen at the bottom). Netvibes intends to provide a layer of business logic on top of its content and data aggregation platform, to help decision making , and ultimately, to offer “Dashboard Intelligence” .
The first step of this strategy is the launch of Smart Tagging, a feature allowing editorial teams to collectively tag content, and letting the publisher preset a list of tag suggestions and a categorized tag map, to help the team members to tag easily and rapidly. Users can add a sentiment to each tag, and their opinion is conveyed visually (see picture above): each sentiment gets a unique color, sentiments and their colors can be customized by the dashboard publisher. In case of controversy – when two or more people have a different sentiment on a same tag,(i.e. rating it both positive and negative) a warning icon will be attached and the tag will change color. Smart Tagging is a tool for monitoring trends and opinions , and users can export the tags with their attached data to CSV files, for further analysis if needed.
More info about NetVibes on the company’s blog and about Smart Tagging in the presentation embedded at the top.