Protopage: Your new start page?

Dennis Faas's picture

Protopage may want to be the new homepage (or for Firefox users, one of many homepages!), but it won't be mine any time soon.

Protopage lets the user put personalized news, sticky notes, and bookmarks all on one page. This is very Web 2.0. The personalized news stories are RSS feeds, of course, and the sticky notes can be anything: a to-do list, reminders, whatever a user would like.

An interesting thing about Protopage is how it shows off the power of page AJAX. It was fun to plan around with (see my page), but I don't need it. I don't need sticky notes on my homepage. I'm perfectly happy with my RSS feeds at my Personalized Google homepage. And if a prospective homepage is going to offer any bookmarking tools and not integrate them with or the like, I'm not interested.

Web content is ever-changing, and most users don't have time to update a list of static links everytime they find a new, interesting site. Still for the AJAX alone, Protopage is worth a look.

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