Last Updated: October 12, 2015 0

What Is Netvibes and How Do I Use It?

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Netvibes is essentially a way for you to personalise your web experience. With Netvibes you can consolidate all the things that you like and find interesting on the web into one easy to use Dashboard that automatically updates every time you log in. According to the Netvibes website, with Netvibes you can:

  • “Put your stuff in a page accessible from any computer or mobile device
  • Manage and update your Facebook and twitter accounts from one place
  • Along with your personal, private Dashboard, create a public page viewable by everyone
  • Setup a “watch” dashboard to keep track of your Favourites subjects
  • Pick a widget from a large catalogue of content and applications
  • Put a widget on your own blog or computer desktop
  • Share anything in your Dashboard with your friends”

Signing up for Netvibes

Here are the basic steps that you can follow to sign up for a Netvibes account:

  • Go to www.netvibes.com to access the homepage. If you are unable to click on the link to access the website, simply copy and paste it into your URL and press Enter.
  • Towards the left of the screen and about halfway down is a button that says “Get started”. Click on that button.
  • The next step is to choose which type of package you are interested in. The first option is the basic option which is free. With this option you will get the Real-time Monitoring, Personalization & Apps, and Mobile services, with the option of VIP support at a fee. Then there is the “Premium for One” package, which costs $499 a month. However, the great thing about this option is that you can try it for free for fourteen days to see if you like it or not before committing that kind of money to it. With this you will get the Real-time Monitoring, Personalization & Apps, Mobile, VIP Support, Analytics, Tagging, Curation, Alerts, Sentiments, and Search services. The next is the “Premium for Teams” package. The price of this will vary depending on several factors so you will have to contact Netvibes to find out how much it will cost. Here you will get all of the services: Real-time Monitoring, Personalization & Apps, Mobile, VIP Support, Analytics, Tagging, Curation, Alerts, Sentiments, Search, Collaboration, Access Control, Dedicated instance, and Enterprise ready.
  • Click on one of these options to go to the form that you will have to fill in. If you want to skip the homepage and the payment options, go to http://www.netvibes.com/signup. If you are unable to click on the link to access the website, simply copy and paste it into your URL and press Enter.
  • Enter the required information.
  • Fill in a username. Think about this a little bit beforehand. You want your username to be one that really reflects who you are as a person. You should also remember that your username will have to unique, so make sure that you think of more than one username before signing up in case your first option is already being used by someone else.
  • Provide a valid email address. Your email address is needed so that the verification email can be sent to you and so that you will be able to access your account if you ever forget your password.
  • Choose, enter, and confirm the password you would like to use for the Netvibes website. Remember that the password you choose should be something that is easy for you to remember. At the same time it should also be something that other people will not easily be able to guess. Think about this carefully.
  • Agree to the terms of service. It is suggested that you actually read these terms first before agreeing to them.
  • Once you have done this you will receive an email notification at the email address that you specified during the sign up process. Click on this link. If you are unable to click on the link simply copy and paste it into the URL.

Signing in to Netvibes

Once you have created an account you will have to sign in to get started.

  • Go to www.netvibes.com to access the homepage. If you are unable to click on the link to access the website, simply copy and paste it into your URL and press Enter.
  • Click on the “Sign in” icon located near the top on the right hand side.
  • Enter the username and password you specified during the sign up process.

Using Netvibes

  • Start by typing a topic into the search bar and then selecting one of the options that come up.
  • Check out the news tab and all of the items that come up related to the topic that you typed in. Monitor the mentions of your topic on the various news channels.
  • Also monitor what videos are posted about your topic using the “Video” tab.
  • There is also a conversations tab. This will allow you to see what social networking sites, blogs, and forums have been discussing the topic that you are interested in.
  • Have a look at the “Google” tab as well. This will allow you to see what Google searches have been done that relate to the topic that you are looking for.
  • Add widgets that will keep you updated about all sorts of sites, or tailor your page to show you what related topics there are as well.
  • Note that there is also a General tab, but it is suggested that you simply delete this tab as many people feel that it is in fact too general to be useful on Netvibes. It is difficult to find information of value using the general tab.
  • Now you can create a Dashboard about another topic by clicking on “Dashboard”
    and then “new”.
  • Sign in or sign up for a Netvibes account to save your content.

As you can see Netvibes is very easy to use, so why not give it a try today? It’s free to sign up and very useful once you have an account.