Wednesday, February 21, 2007

YourMinis...a flashy, widgety start page

I recently discovered YourMinis, a Flash-based start page/RSS feed reader/widget platform. My first impression is favorable, but time will tell if it deserves a space as my browser's home page.

YourMinis.com

What I like:

  • Easy RSS feed addition

  • OPML file import/export

  • Interesting widgets built in (calendar, Gmail, clock, to-do list, Digg feed, calculator, notes, bookmarks, full browser, search, video, etc.)

  • Beautiful default look

  • Drag & Drop windows, lock 'em down, change opacity, colors, etc.

  • Publish your "minis" or your whole tab of minis.

  • Social feel. Very Web 2.0.

  • Multiple tabs

  • Inline web browser makes loading a news story convenient

  • The ability to load any image as my tab's background



My questions:

  • Is Flash going to be too heavy for my browser's start page?

  • Are more interesting widgets coming?

  • Do we need another widget platform? Can't we all just get along?

  • Will we be able to further customize the look of our minis, or the basic mini windows?



So far, I really like what I see. It feels more polished to me than Netvibes or Pageflakes. They apparently have over 800,000 users so far, which is not bad, but still lags behind their competitors. But I still question the use of Flash...it's a great tool, but there are many people who would prefer to stick to standard HTML for a much lighter weight start page. We'll see!

1 comment:

roy said...

For weight, it is a little heavy, but not as bad as you might think.
I measured it at about 150k compaired to an un-cached my.yahoo it can be pretty similar. So size is not the issue.
Performance is an issue. I have a few guesses as to what is holding them back and how they could increase performance, but they may be going for features over performance. Right now they seem to have a lot of features above that you can not get in a typical portal home page.

Don't trash the flash too soon, they may amaze us both.