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Netvibes launches Dashboard Engine to track the Web

April 13, 2010 | 11:22 am

If you're trying to find a single place where you can view everything there is to know about a respective topic, Netvibes might have just become your answer.

The online start-page site has launched a new tool called Dashboard Engine, which features a search box that allows users to input a person, event, or topic and see all the latest information about it from across the Internet. Dashboard Engine lists results from news outlets, Yahoo Search, YouTube, Flickr and much more.

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The idea behind Dashboard Engine, according to Netvibes, is to help users track the "real-time Web."

Part of the appeal of the Dashboard Engine is that users can go back to it without searching again and see all the latest updates on the topic since they last visited Netvibes. They can also add content to the Dashboard Engine, delete items they don't care about anymore, and arrange items to make it easier to sift through the content.

I had a chance to use Dashboard Engine on Tuesday and I was generally impressed. The service is capable of finding information on just about any topic, and having the latest information in one spot was a welcome experience. The Dashboard Engine was a little slow to load at times, but that didn't prove to be too much of a nuisance. Plus, the tool made it easy to share my favorite content via e-mail or through social networks like Twitter and Facebook.

Dashboard Engine works quite well. And it's a great place to view content on a particular subject. It's worth trying out.

-- Don Reisinger

Image: A view of Dashboard Engine from Netvibes. Credit: Netvibes

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