Netvibes Universe Spans the Globe: Over 500 Official Content Partnerships With World's Leading Media and eCommerce Companies, Celebrities and Non-Profits



    International Media and eCommerce Universes Include:

    International Herald Tribune, Die Welt, Le Monde.fr, Le Figaro, El Mundo,
El Pais, U.S. News & World Report, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, Wired,
Brightcove and Shopping.com

    For a Complete List of All 500+ Content Partners, Please Visit:
http://eco.netvibes.com/500universes

    PARIS, June 21 /CNW/ - Netvibes, the pioneer of the personalized
homepage, today announced partnerships to publish hundreds of official content
Universes for major media and e-commerce companies, celebrities and
non-profits, dramatically changing the landscape of personalized media online.

    A Universe brings together and delivers on a single Netvibes page all of
a brand's rich online media, including RSS feeds, websites, podcasts, videos,
blogs, photos, stores and widgets, which can be remixed according to each
user's personal preferences and interests.

    In April, Netvibes launched Netvibes Universe with an initial list of
over 100 pilot content Universes that included major media companies,
non-profits (Harvard) and celebrities (50 Cent, Moby) across the United
States. Today's announcement will expand that number to over 500 partners
around the world, spanning Canada, China, France, Germany, Italy, Japan,
Netherlands, Spain and the United Kingdom.

    "This is concrete proof that the future of all media lies in deep
personalization. No other Internet company can claim as many officially
branded content partnerships in this many countries and languages," said Tariq
Krim, CEO and founder of Netvibes. "What does this mean for audiences? Your
favorite content, your way."

    Global Partnerships

    What began with a focus on U.S. media companies, including CBS,
Forbes.com, Newsweek, TIME, Washingtonpost.com, and USA Today, Netvibes
Universe now encompasses a wide scope of media alliances in a variety of
sectors around the world. New major media Universes include:

    --  Europe: International Herald Tribune, IDG UK, Die Welt,
Computerworld, Les Echos, Le Figaro, Le Monde.fr, L'Equipe, 20 Minutes, Elle
France, El Pais, El Mundo and Rockol.it

    --  Asia: Agile Media, ChinaVenture, eNet, HiPiHi HoodongWiki and Sports
CN

    --  North America: U.S. News and World Report, Wired, Topix, Inside
Edition, Entertainment Tonight, Glam.com, Brightcove, ContentNext Media,
CollegeHumor, Dr. Phil and Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC)

    "Personalization, customization and interoperability between content
platforms is a reality of today's Web. By partnering with Netvibes in Europe,
we are widening our reach and offering new and existing users the ability to
access IDG content via Netvibes' exciting new Universe feature, which
aggregates RSS content from our leading brands such as Computerworld,
Techworld, Macworld and PC Advisor into customizable, manageable and themed
modules," said Kit Gould, managing director at IDG UK.

    "To serve our global audience, it is important for our readers to be able
to personalize news feeds according to their interests," said Nick Stout,
deputy managing editor of the International Herald Tribune. "Netvibes lets our
readers in more than 150 countries customize the way they view and use iht.com
(http://iht.com)."

    "The Netvibes Universe enables us to consistently continue our 'online
first' strategy. It provides our users with comfortable and fast access to our
latest content - apart from the print edition and the website WELT ONLINE,"
says Peter Wurtenberger, chairman of the management board at Axel Springer AG.

    Netvibes has also experienced tremendous international growth with
e-commerce companies, celebrities and non-profits. New highlights include:

    --  eCommerce & Enterprise: Cetelem, Edgeio, Etelos, Sage, Shopping.com,
Tencent

    --  Celebrities & Movies: 60+ artists & films, through a partnership with
Buddylube, now including Beyonce, Gnarls Barkley, Jamiroquai, P. Diddy, Rush
Hour 3, Hair Spray

    --  Non-Profits & Institutions: 200+ organizations, through a partnership
with Freelanthropy.com, including Boys and Girls Clubs, Operation Smile,
Ronald McDonald House, UK National Museum of Science and Industry, USGS.gov

    "Our artists want to get closer with their audience and build community.
Universes are the perfect portals to transport fans into the lives of our
artists," said Kathy Baker, senior director of digital media at Columbia
Records.

    "Demand from new content partners for Netvibes Universe has experienced
tremendous growth since our introduction just a couple months ago. Five
hundred content partnerships is an important milestone for us and we expect to
add another 100 next week," said Freddy Mini, COO Netvibes.

    To commemorate the momentum of their fast-paced international growth, the
company will host a press conference and VIP party this evening in Paris,
kicking off the city's annual Fete de la Musique.

    For a complete list of all 500+ official content partners, please visit:
http://eco.netvibes.com/500universes

    About Netvibes

    Netvibes pioneered the personalized homepage, an alternative to
traditional Web portals. With millions of users in more than 150 countries,
Netvibes lets individuals assemble all in one place their favorite widgets,
websites, blogs, email accounts, social networks, search engines, instant
messengers, photos, videos, podcasts, and everything else they enjoy on the
Web. Founded in 2005 by Tariq Krim, Netvibes (http://www.netvibes.com) has
offices in Paris, London and San Francisco.




For further information:

For further information: Netvibes Gang Lu (Asia) gang.lu@netvibes.com or
Antenna Group Vincent Chang, 415-977-1911 (United States)
netvibes@antennagroup.com or Mantra PR Nicola Savage (United Kingdom)
nsavage@mantra-pr.com or Schwartz Public Relations Dieter Niewierra (Germany)
dn@schwartzpr.de

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