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Netvibes Ginger Opens To The Public; Potential For Widget Ad Network?
Start page provider Netvibes launched their latest version, Ginger, into private beta last December. Today they take the wrapper off and have opened it up to the public. They are creating what I am calling a "social start page" by not just letting you determine what’s on your start page but your friends can influence the page as well.
Will Netvibes move into widget advertising as a network provider? I could see this type of ad play by Netvibes taking a step past other start pages including Pageflakes, iGoogle, MyYahoo and MyAOL.
Netvibes boasts 120,000 widgets including: Flickr, Facebook, MySpace, Twitter, YouTube and Slide. Here is an example "universe" which is basically a page that you create and open to the public.