Monday, March 30, 2009
As part of #19 Discovering Web 2.0 Tools, I explored the 2nd place Start Page, Pageflakes. It's a one-stop shop for all your online activities. Basically, it's a way to create a personalized home page with all the information you need at hand daily. For example, once you create an account you will have a page of basic Pageflake info. This includes local news, weather, calendars, RSS feeds, etc. You can then customize your page with different themes, layouts and widgets. I created a page with a funkadelic background/color scheme then added widgets for Facebook, Wikipedia, my email, comic strips, games, bookmarks (like Delicious) and more. A widget is simply an embedded piece of code that allows you to, for example, check your Facebook account on Pageflakes. The more widgets you add to Pageflakes the fewer additional sites you have to visit. It can all be done on Pageflakes. I love the ability of tools like Pageflakes to customize your profile or account because I need to express the true me at all times!!!