If you're a fan of Netvibes, the popular personal start page, you'll be excited to hear they are rolling out a substantial upgrade, Netvibes Wasabi. We've got passes to get you to the head of the line.
What new features does Wasabi bring? The biggest change is under the hood. Wasabi sports radically faster updates for everything from RSS feeds to notification widgets. Wasabi is focused on being a highly customisable speed demon that never keeps you waiting for updates or changes. You can scroll through your RSS feed in real time with a "bottomless" roll of new headlines.
Wasabi also introduces support for multiple pages; you can create and publish as many pages as you want with Wasabi. Creation is simple: drag and drop widgets and other components from the 185,000 item library in Wasabi into the visual editor and with a minute or two of customisation you can share your freshly-minted page with anyone. Not interested in sharing? The multiple-page function is still handy for creating customised pages for different needs—one for work, play, or specific projects you're working on.
Ease of use and an interactive user interface are heavily emphasised in the Wasabi upgrade. Let's say you're watching your Twitter feed and you see something you want to follow more closely. Just grab the hashtag from the trending news you've got your eye on, drag it, and a new widget will be created just to watch that topic.
The Netvibes Wasabi leaves beta this afternoon and the crush at the door will be a bit strong. The Wasabi development team has shared several thousand early-admission passes with us to share with you. While everyone else is waiting in the queue you'll get to jump right in and try it out.
How to access Wasabi: 1. Go to wasabi.netvibes.com 2. Sign in (if not already done so) with your existing netvibes account credentials 3. Enter your code [ LIFEHACKERFTW ] . Your existing Netvibes account will now be upgraded to Wasabi. (NOTE: If you want to create a new account, you will have to first create a new account in the regular Netvibes.com and then upgrade it with the code after.)
After you've taken it for a spin, report back here in the comments so we can hear what you love/hate about the major overhaul of Netvibes. Have another favourite tool for collecting all your feeds, widgets, and daily information needs together? Let's hear about that in the comments too.