I have complained, both here and on the Start.com blog, about Start.com’s stubborn refusal to support the Mac platform – this is a short-sighted move on Microsoft’s part as they appear simply to be “preaching to the converted” rather than trying to win new customers.
In any case, it didn’t matter too much for me, as there was always the alternative from Google which works perfectly on the Mac (although it might not be as pretty!).
Hard to see from the image but Netvibes allows you to customise the title of your page – in a bold stroke of originality I decided to call mine “Tom’s Title!” One day soon I’ll get an imagination!
More usefully though, the site displays feed content in boxes which can be re-arranged around the screen – similar to Google (and allegedly similar to Start.com!) – these content boxes can include content from your own feeds. I imported my opml file and added my feed from this site to the bottom right hand side of the page, for instance.
Also, Google is unable to display the weather for Cork – Netvibes wins out on this score giving a four day forecast for the region.
Netvibes allows you to sign in so that you can view your customised Netvibes page from any location.
Finally, Netvibes allows you to read your Gmail – see the top left hand side of the image for my Gmail account!
The only downside of Netvibes is that it is not yet working in Safari but as Firefox is my browser of choice on the Mac, this matters little to me (I prefer Firefox ‘cos it warns me if I am about to close a window with multiple tabs open – I can’t tell you how many times this has saved me!).