A few months ago I met Netvibes founder, Tariq Krim during Les Blogs. Not only was I fond of Tariq personally, but I also loved his website. It was at that time that Tariq became a FONero and a Advisory Board member in France. Now I have reciprocated. Yesterday, together with Pierre Chappaz, founder of Kelkoo and ex head of Yahoo Europe and Marc Andressen, founder of Netscape, Opsware and Ning (and to clarify – both Pierre and Marc are collaborators as well as investors in FON) I invested in Netvibes.

Netvibes already has more than a million users. Basically what Netvibes does is put together in one page all the blogs, information sources and other tools that you use regularly. The file that I include below is called OPML. It’s interesting because it shows my own personal page of all the information I look at regularly. As you will see, the majority are in English, some are in Spanish and in French. For me the interesting thing about sharing OPML archives is that they’re the best way to find out what kind of information other people are interested in. Of course in my own there are important sources and sites missing – it’s impossible to have them all – but I would welcome suggestions on additional information/sites that would be worth adding..

If you’ve read up to here and have not gained an understanding of Netvibes, I suggest you chat with friends who understand what RSS is and how Netvibes works. I recognize that it may not be for everyone.

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singpolyma on March 22, 2006  · 

Another thing about sharing OPML online is that some readers (such as http://boxtheweb.4×2) will let you subscribe to other people’s lists dynamically, so you can instantly see if someone you know has found a new blog/feed

Martín Varsavsky on March 22, 2006  · 

I looked at it, but frankly I could not find the feature.


Anonymous on March 23, 2006  · 

# !
The right site is:


is it?

singpolyma on March 23, 2006  · 

It’s the ‘subscriptions box’ feaure documented here : http://boxtheweb.foopad.com/page/show/how-can-i-subscribe-to-another-user-s-boxes-or-an-xoxo—opml-feed-

Tariq KRIM on March 26, 2006  · 


Thanks for this post; I am very excited to work with you, Pierre, Marc and Index! We have a very special ambition with Netvibes to create a service our user love and use most of the day. And that help you simplify your digital life. New features are coming very soon!

If you are interested in joining or discuss with netvibes, please don’t hesitate to contact Martin or me at tariq [at] netvibes [dot] com


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