Twice the Grist with half the pain: Netvibes and Twitter
For all of you tech-savvy Grist readers, we’ve added two more methods of getting yer Grist:
Twitter is “a free social networking and micro-blogging service that allows users to send ‘updates’ (text-based posts, up to 140 characters long) via SMS, instant messaging, email, the Twitter website, or an application such as Twitterrific.” In other words, it’s Facebook statuses mashed up with RSS and IM. In nontechnical terms, it’s everyone in the same room together yelling out what they’re doing every so often. You can follow what Grist is shouting about here.
Netvibes, along somewhat similar lines, is “a multi-lingual Ajax-based personalized start page … [which] includes an RSS/Atom feed reader, local weather forecasts, a calendar supporting iCal, bookmarks, notes, to-do lists, multiple searches, support for POP3, IMAP4 email as well as several webmail providers including Gmail, Yahoo Mail, Hotmail, and AOL, Box.net web storage, del.icio.us, Meebo, Flickr photos, podcast support with a built in audio player,” among other features. Basically, it’s the kitchen sink for the Web you always wanted, and now there’s Grist-flavored water in the tap. You can access Grist via Netvibes in one of two ways: the Grist Universe, or the Grist Tab.