Start pages galore

Yuga muses on the proliferation of startpages, online bookmarks and news aggregators, looking into several “vying for the title of the ‘Start Page of the Year'”:

  • – Microsoft’s laid-back effort at Web 2.0
  • – looking spiffy from a recent revamp but much better than (and why does MS have two of these?)
  • Google Homepage – Google’s attempt to look like Yahoo back in 1995,wanting more pageviews perhaps just to get back at MySpace?
  • Protopage – full-featured but too cluttered, a little ugly on the design and not very good on usability. Supports multiple pages though.
  • My Yahoo! – reminds me a lot of Geocities
  • Pageflakes – newest baby in town but more promising but always offline half the time.
  • Netvibes – very neat and simple yet packs a lot of features; my bet for the Start Page of the Year.

Yes, there are a lot more out there. But it was an altogether different ballgame eight years or so ago. Check out what was–now Windows Live–circa 1998 (from

Now you know why CSS was invented.

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