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.
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