Some friends recently put me onto Netvibes; a website which collaborates all of the sites you regularly look at into one place where you can see when they are updated and not have to go trolling around the sites until you find a new article. It’s both a blessing and a curse.
The brilliant thing about it is I can now easily look at almost double the amount of sites I was looking at previously, which of course means I’m even more in the know. There’s something very empowering by sitting there looking at one screen, able to flip down a menu and glance over the list of articles, see nothing you’re interested in and dismiss it with a click of a button. It’s very much like sitting behind a virtual command centre, almost like Ozymandias in Watchmen once he has retreated to Karnak in Antarctica. Of course I’m blowing this out of proportion, but I think it helps you to understand the feeling.
The bad thing about it is probably a blessing to other people. It saves time. For me, being a student before the academic year has started with nothing to do all day, it’s giving me more time to do nothing much. That’s probably why I’ve started writing more than one blog entry a day. I hope you guys appreciate it.
To set it up is almost too simple, providing you have Firefox. There is a plugin you can install, which is about as complicated as it gets. Once that’s there you get two little buttons beside your address bar, one a big + sign, the other a star. Hit the plus when looking at a good website and it’ll take you to the netvibes homepage and ask you if you want to follow that website. Couldn’t be more simple right?
If any of you have any websites you think I’d enjoy looking at, please let me know, as I need more stuff to look at!