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Meebo, Box.net make Netvibes viable

I’ve been using Netvibes more and more recently since my earlier review and I have to say, it’s pretty good. I’ve also been using two widgets that have really opened things up and taken my Netvibes page pretty damn close to being a part of my daily workflow, and that’s saying something, I can tell you!

First of all, Box.net is a revelation. Like every other widget, you just drag them into place. I had no idea what it was, so I just clicked a couple of buttons and I was signed up and signed in. Simple as that.

And what did I get for my [non]troubles? 1 gigabytes of free storage, that’s what? To top it off, you can add folders in there, rename files, and after uploading a 1 megabyte file from work, it’s pretty quick, too.

Then there’s Meebo, which is a chat client aggregator of sorts. I’d seen Meebo before, but not really faffed around with it too much. But having it as a widget within Netvibes made much more sense to me.

I tend not to use either my MSN Messenger, Yahoo! Messenger or AIM accounts all that often, so Meebo makes even better sense, because I can dispense with the need for the clients all together, which is great.

Where Box.net goes for the less-is-more, efficient interface, Meebo goes for slick ‘n’ simple, with a splash of minor annoyances thrown in.

I’d like to see my Buddy List remember its window shape and position between visits, and for Meebo to actually remember me between those visits so that I don’t have to keep logging in all of the time.

Other than that, no real show-stopping complaints.

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By Wayne Smallman

Wayne is the man behind the Blah, Blah! Technology website, and the creator of the Under Cloud, a digital research assistant for journalists and academics.

2 replies on “Meebo, Box.net make Netvibes viable”

Hi James and thanks for the comment.

If that’s the case, it’s a shame. That said, I haven’t used my Box.net widget on Netvibes for ages. Not since I was I having upload issues with certain files…

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