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If you have ever been into reading RSS feeds then you know what a feed reader What is a FeedReader ? What is a FeedReader ? Read More is.  Personally, there are so many blogs and websites that I enjoy and make use out of that I often forget some of them. Feeds How to Discover the RSS Feed of a Webpage If The Feed Link Isn't There How to Discover the RSS Feed of a Webpage If The Feed Link Isn't There Read More come in handy for me because I can just glance through all of the most recent content in a feed reader. If you haven’t gotten into this mode of reading, check it out!

For the longest time I have been using Google Reader and I have enjoyed the flexibility and usability of it. Recently though, I have been growing in love with the old start page tool Netvibes as my feed reader. Let me give you the rundown as to why Netvibes could be the next best feed reader out there.

First of all, the fact that it is a start page tool makes it more useful than just any old feed reader. Having a start page makes it easier because if you utilize a lot of websites for different things like weather, IM, news, and to-do lists, then an all-in-one start page makes it so you don’t have to constantly switch between websites. The fact that Netvibes also acts as a feed reader is a major perk!

netvibes wasabi review

Some of the views that Netvibes offers for its feed reader really make it easy to suite many different people’s tastes while making it easy to manage many feeds.


First of all you’ve got the infamous “widgets view.”  In my opinion (take it or leave it) the “widgets view” gives a good overview of what each feed has going on.

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Next there’s the “reader view” which is where the typical feed reader-type view comes in.  As you’ll soon see, there are some features that actually make it a bit less typical.

You can see that the feeds are grouped by topics and those feeds are listed in the same manner that Google Reader does, in chronological order.  If, instead of clicking the link, you hover over the link, you’re offered several options: share this article, mark as ‘read later’, or actually open the website.  Very sleek and easy to use!

Moving on from there, in the “reader view” you have several more viewing options starting with the list view as pictured above.  You can also choose the expanded view, which shows the whole articles all listed in order:

Or the ultra cool but slightly less useful “mosaic” view which shows a mosaic of the post titles with their included pictures:

One of the features of Netvibes that makes it a viable runner in the Feed reader race is the fact that you can read posts without actually leaving the page.  This makes it easier than constantly switching back and forth and opening and closing new windows or tabs.

There are some other cool aspects of Netvibes that gives them a bit of an edge.  Their newest release, named Wasabi, has some nifties under the hood that I think would make anyone take a second look.  First there is the idea that readers should not wait for updates to feeds.  They shouldn’t have to wait a day or even a few minutes for the new update to appear!  Some readers even have the option to MANUALLY refresh the feed!  Well, Netvibes with its new “Instant Update Technology” now gives NEAR real time updating!  Now waiting, no fuss.

Also, with the new Wasabi edition, Netvibes offeres the ability to create more than one page.  You used to only have the ability to use multiple tabs (and you still do) but now you can have multiple pages on top of that!  My first question was whether or not there was a point to pages, you know, with tabs already available.  Pages give you an extra degree of separation.  For instance, you may want to keep your work and personal life separate.  Now you can have a work page and a personal page so you are no longer distracted when you are “working.”

If you haven’t yet, give Netvibes another try!  I think you may like some of the changes!

What feed reader do you use and why?

  1. Jörn
    December 16, 2009 at 11:56 am

    I'm using Google reader but always had an eye on Netvibes. The interface is nice and I like the option to go to the webpage inside the reader. The Wasabi edition seems little faster and the Wasabi theme is really slick. But I have a big problem I have become accustomed with. I want to read my feeds on my mobile phone too. With Google reader that's easy and they stay in sync, even before I bought an iPhone with all the apps that's work with Google Reader. The mobile interface of netvibes isn't that good.

  2. mrjack
    December 16, 2009 at 9:08 am

    I wanted to ask something. As the article and also netvibes states, in Wasabi mode there is real time update in our feeds. Is that possible in normal widgets mode ?
    I can't get my updates unless I click in the right tab.

    • Tim
      December 16, 2009 at 12:39 pm

      I BELIEVE you have to actually "upgrade" your account to Wasabi.

  3. Jonny
    December 15, 2009 at 1:04 pm

    It's very slick and will keep me using netvibes although I wish I knew of a free way to sync nicely with the iphone all my feeds...

  4. mrjack
    December 14, 2009 at 1:40 pm

    I use Thunderbird for my rss.
    Now, I'm trying Netvibes.
    I was thinking to switch to online rss handler and I was probably going to choose Google Reader but Netvibes seems cool.
    2nd day trying this one and it seems to work great in Wasabi.

    Thanks for this article.

    • Tim
      December 14, 2009 at 3:02 pm

      Yeah, I love the idea of being able to access my feeds on any computer, not just the one I have add-ons or programs installed. Google Reader has been the defacto choice thus far but other readers like Netvibes are making good strides to change that.

  5. Travis
    December 14, 2009 at 11:13 am

    I use Opera's built-in feed reader.

  6. hubscubs
    December 14, 2009 at 7:42 am

    i've been using netvibes for about 3 years and absolutely love it. i'm too accustomed to widget view to see any real advantage to reader view.

  7. Rocco Pier Luigi
    December 14, 2009 at 5:02 am

    Best feedreader I saw is "feedly", an addon for firefox and google chrome

  8. Jeanne
    December 14, 2009 at 1:15 am

    It seems very slow to load. I like Reader much better.

    • Tim
      December 14, 2009 at 3:06 pm

      Huh. I haven't had that issue yet. Maybe submitting a service request would be in order. The new Netvibes is still new so there could be issues for some people:)

      I'm also looking for the ability to run searches in my feeds like I can with Google Reader.

  9. Deepak
    December 13, 2009 at 9:06 pm

    The interface is cool but I'd stick with Google reader

  10. haeja
    December 13, 2009 at 7:32 pm

    thanks for Netvibes! I've been looking for something as cool as this! :)

  11. Lenny
    December 13, 2009 at 3:57 pm

    Feedly - Works as a nice front end to Google Reader as well.

  12. Rick
    December 13, 2009 at 2:36 pm

    I use Google Reader which I use because it is easy to get to it from Gmail. I use Google Docs also so a link is always there to the reader.

  13. PJM
    December 13, 2009 at 12:28 pm

    While interesting, this blog lack in details.

    For instance, the reader view is a beta service ("wasabi") and is NOT available by default. To enable it go one need to go there ( and click the "sign in" button.
    After enabling the reader view, logging off and logging back in is required.

    • Tim
      December 13, 2009 at 2:27 pm

      Thank you PJM! Yes, you must go to, sign in there, and click "upgrade" to have then new Wasabi features!

      I had already upgraded during the private beta phase so I guess I hadn't remembered that part!

  14. Anarm
    December 13, 2009 at 11:29 am

    i'm using feedDemon.. maybe i could try this one..

  15. George
    December 13, 2009 at 10:10 am

    How do you change modes, especially to reader mode? I can't get out of widget mode.

    • Tim
      December 14, 2009 at 3:12 pm

      Read my reply to PJM... his tip is very helpful!

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