Portaneo: Roll-your-own NetVibes

I’m still not convinced RSS is an ideal format for getting content to consumers. Not quite sure why this is – the systems are great (think Google Reader, NetVibes) and there’s no shortage of content.

Maybe it’s finally happened and I’m part of that generation that just doesn’t get it anymore and is too sluggish and welded to its ways to adapt to new ways of working. Still, I spend an inordinate amount of time on email and most of the information I read should be ‘actionable’ – that is something I can respond to. My gripe is that so much RSS content is passive it just passes me by and to be frank, I don’t miss it that much.

A caveat is that information that has proximity: tidbits that relate directly to me – a large chunk coming from the big(gish) company where I spend my 9-5. Now here’s the rub – most of this wonderful intranet content just won’t work with the aforementioned web-based RSS readers.

This is where Paris-based Portaneo’s enterprise web portal comes into play. Think an open source version of NetVibes that you can run locally off the standard LAMP implementation.

There’s a somewhat lengthy demo here:

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The content can come from anywhere: internal sources, external, photos, calendar items etc. all presented in that draggable column interface we’ve come to know and love.

Unfortunately there are few case studies available, but if you are using this system and it is working for you, I would love to know.

2 thoughts on “Portaneo: Roll-your-own NetVibes”

  1. Hello Daryl,

    Portaneo has not been protected for ages and enforced a GPL license only recently. So they probably have been tested and implemented by a lot of people, as their forge stats show, but this explains why there is no much communications on implementations.

    FYI, PersonAll (www.personall.fr) develops a personalized page product too, but java-based.
    Have a look.

  2. Thanks for the tip Justin,

    I’ll take a look at PersonAll. The ability to quickly install on the LAMP setup was a definite plus point for Portaneo, but that’s more down to me being a pretty weak developer.

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