I know this isn’t a non-tech piece, but hey, I’ve reached a conclusion! Reaching a conclusion of any kind is a monumental achievement for me, so much celebration should ensue.
Anyway, after much consideration, and many hours of relying on both Google Personalized Page and Netvibes, I’ve managed to make my decision. And an easy decision it was too.
First off, let’s look at Google’s page. Simple interface, which is a plus for any system or application. But there is a fine line between simplicity and lack of functionality, and this is where Google fails. Here’s the comparison:

  • Netvibes has the ability to create as many pages (or tabs) as you wish). Google caps it at 6 tabs.
  • Ability to add any RSS feeds to any page in Netvibes. Google only allows you to add ‘stuff’ (which may be feeds from other sites), and if your favourite site doesn’t have a Google ‘stuff’ for the feeds, you’re out of luck. (hey, they call it stuff, so don’t look at me)
  • A preview page when a feed item is clicked, which details the posted data, plus a list of all the posts in a particular feed. Clicking on a link item in Google directly brings you to the external site where the data is. After using it for a bit, I much prefer the preview page in Netvibes. I like being able to control when I go external, and when I don’t I can still check out the content without leaving Netvibes.
  • Netvibes looks so much slicker.
  • Google does appear to be slightly faster.

Winner (by a mile): Netvibes.