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Start Or Home Pages

How to use Pageflakes in particular, and the value of start or home pages in general

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Start Or Home Pages

  1. 1. Start or Home pages Web 2.0 Resources Phil Bradley
  2. 2. Question… <ul><li>When you start your browser, where do you go, and what do you do? </li></ul><ul><li>What do you use the internet for? </li></ul><ul><li>What do you use your computer for? </li></ul><ul><li>How many places do you go in order to get all of these tasks completed? </li></ul>
  3. 3. Answer: <ul><li>Too many places! </li></ul><ul><li>Wouldn’t it make more sense to just go to one? </li></ul>
  4. 4. Available resources <ul><li>Pageflakes at http://www.pageflakes.com </li></ul><ul><li>Netvibes at http://www.netvibes.com </li></ul><ul><li>Nowsy at http://www.nowsy.com </li></ul><ul><li>Webwag at http://www.webwag.com/ </li></ul><ul><li>It’s a start at http://www.itsastart.com/ </li></ul><ul><li>And others… </li></ul>
  5. 5. Using Pageflakes <ul><li>It’s a free resource </li></ul><ul><li>It’s European </li></ul><ul><li>It’s been around for over a year </li></ul><ul><li>It has many thousands of users </li></ul><ul><li>It has a good reputation </li></ul>
  6. 7. Elements of the page <ul><li>Links </li></ul><ul><li>Email </li></ul><ul><li>Web search </li></ul><ul><li>To do lists </li></ul><ul><li>Check your email </li></ul><ul><li>Check searches </li></ul><ul><li>Hundreds of other ‘flakes’ or ‘utilities’ </li></ul>
  7. 15. Sharing pages <ul><li>With colleagues (read only) </li></ul><ul><li>With colleagues (edit) </li></ul><ul><li>The world </li></ul>
  8. 18. Adding flakes
  9. 20. Adding in RSS feeds <ul><li>RSS – Really Simple Syndication </li></ul><ul><li>Search results are saved, reformatted and repackaged </li></ul><ul><li>Search results are brought to you, you don’t have to go out and get them </li></ul>
  10. 22. Import the RSS feed/URL
  11. 23. Summary <ul><li>Start pages allow you to keep your content in one place </li></ul><ul><li>Information comes to you </li></ul><ul><li>They save you time </li></ul><ul><li>You can easily share information </li></ul><ul><li>Not restricted to a location or machine </li></ul>
  12. 24. Any questions?