diplosor   02 Mar 2010   E-tools

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WHY?
Diplomats are confronted every day with a vast amount of information to consult. Most of this information is available and consulted online. 

Diplomats have more information at their disposal now that they have ever had, but it doesn't mean that they know what it the optimal way (if there is one) to access that information efficiently.
In particular it is very important to be timely informed and  to be able to follow last developments of events.
Therefore it is important to use a tool that allows for rapid detection and consultation of new information added in pre-defined sites.

WHAT IT DOES
Netvibes is basically an "aggregator", which means a tool  that reads the news feeds from your favorite web site and can show them simultaneously in one single place (in this case a webpage) . There are many different softwares and services that can do this, but Netvibes is one of the most effective, if we consider diplomats' needs.
In the past we used to keep track of updates on a website with news (or in blogs) you had to 'bookmark' websites in your browser and manually return to them on a regular basis to see what had been added. Through the so called RSS technology it is now possible to keep track of updates in a much easier and quicker way.

This is the icon that is used for RSS service

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
In order to use Netvibes and create your own reference page, you have to sign up. The process is simple and fast. The service is free. Once you have you username and password you can access your page (sign in) and start choosing which services (RSS for example ) you want to include in your page. To do so you should use the "add content" button that is at the upper left end corner of the page.

A simple step-by-step tutorial to set up Netvibes is available here

WHERE YOU CAN FIND IT
Netvibes can be setup for free at the site: http://www.netvibes.com

 

Comments

  • Profile picture for user Vladimir Radunovic
    Vladimir Radunovic, 10/26/2020 - 07:21

    "Other similar services" --
    on March 9, 2010 by AmirS --

    While Netvibes is certainly a splendid dool for RSS syndication, may I draw your attention to two other similar services.

    Google reader and my personal favorite, MyYahoo!

    The reason why MyYahoo! is my favorite is because at the same time you can see your incoming emails as well as preview them. This service has many customization options which you can tweak as per your needs.

    I use a 3 column page, which I divide based on my interests and daily reads as well as some web sites which I would like to know when they are updated but without actually having to visit the site.

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