I have been a fan of the service Pageflakes for quite some time. It’s a portal page service, like iGoogle, Netvibes, or My Yahoo, and it allows you to collect various news feeds, add widgets for your e-mail and instant messaging, plus local weather and other such services. This, to me, is a great way to stay organized online, and I use these types of services every day to streamline my workflow.
One of the coolest things about Pageflakes is the ability to create specific pages that are accessible to the public, allowing for some really interesting and creative projects. For example, Chris Foley of the Collaborative Piano Blog has gone ahead and taken a healthy number of classical music blogs and amalgamated their news feeds together into one attractive meta page called the Classical Music Blogs PageCast. Check it out–it’s a great way to get a quick overview of what’s happening in the world of classical music. There is also a message board installed at the bottom of the page for comments.
You’ll see photos from individual blog posts and even have the option to play MP3 tracks if they are included in specific posts. This is a great idea! You’ll see a lot of familiar blogs on Chris’ PageCast, including DoubleBassBlog.org, AfriClassical, oboeinsight, Musical Perceptions, Sequenzia21/, On An Overgrown Path, Joshua Nemith’s Cincinnati Pianist Blog, and many more.
Last year I heard an interview featuring blog ninja master Robert Scoble interviewing Dan Cohen, the CEO of Pageflakes. The following short video features Dan describing the basic set-up and use of Pageflakes.