Start.io: A custom homepage, made simple

26Mar09

Start.io allows you to create a custom homepage, filled with links to all of your favorite Websites and blogs.  You can customize the way your page looks and even choose to be notified when a site you have listed has new content.

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When you create your start.io account, you’ll choose a username which will be included in your homepage URL.  From there, all you need to do is create groups and add links to each group.  For example, I created a group called “Music” and added links to my Blip.fm account, MixTape.me, and Pandora.  When I click on my home button in my browser (I set my start.io page as my homepage) I’ll now have access to all of my favorite Websites and blogs.  I can click on a link and be brought to Twitter, Facebook, etc.  You can also choose to have start.io put a little marker next to any of the sites that have new content since the last time you visited.  It doesn’t give you a preview – it just lets you know that there’s something new to look at.

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You can customize the way your page looks with one of their available themes and, if you’re so inclined, edit the CSS to give it more of a personal touch.  You can also create your own theme from scratch.

The only beef I have with start.io is that when I click on “Logout” it brings me to another page which states, “Are you sure you want to leave?”.  Yes, I’m quite sure I want to leave which is why I clicked on Logout to begin with.  It’s a very minor detail, and I’m afraid that start.io is receiving a lashing from me because of all of the other sites that do this as well…I just can’t keep my mouth shut anymore.

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Other than that, I’m quite happy having start.io set as my homepage 🙂 .

To see start.io in action, watch the screencast below (best viewed in HD in full screen):

[via Download Squad]



3 Responses to “Start.io: A custom homepage, made simple”

  1. 1 A.BILE

    Great review as usual…
    I find Symbaloo more efficient as far as I’m concern: the visual mix of colors, logos, locations (I’m a visual person).

  2. 2 Joan

    Thanks for this, and for all the demo girl screencasts you do. I appreciate your work.

  3. Netvibes is (IMO) a better alternative: Real-time updated info and the option to collapse individual elements + tabbing within your startpage so you see the important things first. Loving your work demogirl!



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